K Metro Goes Fare-Free
Kalamazoo Metro recently announced that they would be going fare-free in the midst of the Covid-19 outbreak. Now, timed stops are being reduced on each route. Starting on March 25, buses will run once per hour. Metro says the hours of operation are roughly equivalent to hourly service provided on Saturdays. Even with reduced stop times, passengers are still expected to follow established guidelines. Passengers will continue to board and exit from the rear door and will not be required to pay a fare. Officials also say the transit system should be used only for essential trips to minimize the amount of contact with others and the community in order for the buses to continue operating.
Scheduled Run Times
Route 1 - Westnedge - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 2 - Portage - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 3 - West Michigan - 6:00 a.m. - 9:55 p.m. Route 4 - Oakland - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 5 - East Main - 6:15 a.m. - 9:38 p.m. Route 6 - Parchment - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 7 - Alamo - 6:15 a.m. -10:08 p.m. Route 8 - Egleston - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 9 - Gull - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 10 - Comstock - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 11 - Stadium - 6:15 a.m. - 10:08 p.m. Route 12 - Duke 6:15 am - 9:15 am / 2:15 pm - 7:10 pm (Monday - Friday) Route 13 - Burdick - 6:15 am - 10:08 pm Route 14 - West Main - 6:15 am - 10:08 pm Route 15 - Paterson - 6:45 am - 10:08 pm Route 16 - Lovell - 6:15 am - 10:08 pm Route 21 - Solon Kendall - NO SERVICE Route 26 - Centre - 6:33 am - 9:33 pm Route 27 - Romence - 6:25 am - 9:45 pm
Essential Workforce Trips
Additionally, Metro Connect will provide service to bus passengers taking “essential workforce” trips from 10:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Eligible passengers include:
health care workers emergency medical service providers first responders law enforcement sanitation workers childcare providers postal workers transit workers grocery store workers (or others providing supplies, goods or equipment or those others providing critical infrastructure to Michigan)
Rides can be scheduled up to seven days in advance, seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. by calling (269) 350-2970. Further information can be found at Metro’s website at www.kmetro.com or by calling (269) 337-8222. Additional updates are also available on Metro's Facebook page.