ROCKFORD — The Rockford Mass Transit District announced significant changes to its service schedule for both weekdays and weekends, effective April 20 until further notice.


The existing RMTD route schedule for Mondays through Fridays has been reduced to the five existing Sunday routes, plus four additional routes that help round out its service area. Service now starts at 6:15 a.m. and ends at 6:40 p.m. No weekday services will take place past 6:40 p.m. Weekend services will consist of the five Sunday routes only and will run from 9:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. both days. Service to Belvidere has also been suspended during this time.


The new core weekday routes are the No. 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45 routes. Service on these routes starts at 6:15 a.m. These routes run hourly for the first two hours and the last two hours of each day. The remaining schedule, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., operates every 30 minutes. Service begins and ends at the downtown transfer center for these routes.


RMTD is also running three of its regular routes, the No. 6 Killburn, the No. 20 Alpine Crosstown and the No. 22 North Second Street to extend coverage weekdays only. RMTD is also running a very modified version of the No. 16 and 17 City Loop routes to cover the far east side of the city weekdays only.


The modifications to the additional weekday service include the No. 6 Killburn route starting at 6:15 a.m. and running every 45 minutes until 6:45 p.m. The No. 20 Alpine Crosstown starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs every 60 minutes until 4:05 p.m. No. 22 North Second starts at 9:45 a.m. and runs every 60 minutes, ending at the downtown Transfer Center at 5:50 p.m.


The City Loops, No. 16 and 17 have been modified to run weekdays only from Rockford Career College to North Town in a bi-directional manner on a 60 minute headway. In so doing, riders still have access to Javon Bea Mercy Health Hospital, and other destinations on the far east side.


In addition to these changes, seating capacity on any RMTD fixed route vehicle will be limited to 10. Once capacity is reached, passengers will be encouraged to use the additional service that has been added to the route structure. All passengers will also be required to wear a mask or some type of covering that covers the nose and mouth when riding on the buses. If a passenger does not have a mask, they will not be allowed on the vehicle.


These changes will be in effect until the RMTD workforce is fully staffed and the COVID restrictions have been lifted. Detailed information will be made available on the RMTD. There will be no changes to the Rockford Paratransit Service.


For information: rmtd.org.