DASH to resume regular weekday service

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DASH to resume regular weekday service
Duke Street In Motion is backed by $87 million in grant funding and is intended to increase bus ridership and address pedestrian and bicyclist safety. (File photo)
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By Cody Mello-Klein | cmellokleion@alextimes.com

Regular weekday service of the city’s bus service, DASH, will resume on Feb. 28, DASH announced on Wednesday.

At the end of 2021, the city’s transit company announced it would be reducing service due to ongoing staffing shortages brought on by the pandemic. In the beginning of January, DASH was faced with a 21% absentee rate among staff, as the U.S. grappled with a surge in cases brought on by the Omicron variant. The reduction in service meant the transit provider was operating on a Saturday schedule during the week.

DASH’s decision came a few months after it rolled out a new route network and eliminated fares for riders, which resulted in a steady increase in ridership in the latter part of 2021.

Although weekday levels of service are set to return next week, DASH said it is still monitoring ridership and staffing levels and will provide updates on service levels if necessary, according to a news release.

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