With ridership down, Link Transit bus schedules reduced

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With ridership down about 40 percent following Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, Link Transit will reduce the frequency of its weekday service on many routes beginning Monday.

The frequency of its A, B and C routes will be reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes and several other routes will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every hour.

In addition, the Leavenworth shuttle will cease operations.

The schedule changes are for weekdays only, with the exception of the Leavenworth shuttle.

Here are the changes announced thus far by Link.

The frequency of routes A, B & C will be reduced from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes.

The frequency of routes 1, 5, 7, 8E & 8W will be reduced from every 30 minutes to once per hour.

Route D, the Leavenworth shuttle will not operate and the Route 22 will travel to Icicle Rd on all trips.

Route 20 will lose its last trip, Route 21 will drop from 16 round trips to 9 round trips.

Route 22 will drop from 22 round trips to 15 round trips.

There will be no service reductions on Routes 23, 24, 25, 26 and 28 and no reductions in Saturday service (other than Route D).

Link says it expects to have its final route-reduction schedule available by late Friday afternoon.

The new schedules then will be available on linktransit.com or by calling 662-1155.

Also beginning Monday, Columbia Station in Wenatchee will open be only for riders to access restrooms and make inquiries at guest services.

The waiting area will be closed.

Hours will be limited to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with no in-person guest service availability on Saturday.