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SMART riders required to wear masks, route cutbacks

The Detroit News

Starting Monday, SMART riders will have to make some adjustments — the biggest one requiring them to wear masks.

The mandate follows Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order requiring people to wear homemade, non-medical grade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. SMART drivers are already required to wear face masks.

Riders wait for a SMART bus in 2014

SMART will also be making minor alterations to its major routes, which includes late-night service cuts on weekday, Saturday and Sunday schedules. Sunday service has been reduced to operate every 60-90 minutes.

The routes affected include: 125 (Fort Street), 200 (Michigan), 261 (FAST Michigan), 330 (Grand River), 415 (Greenfield), 450/460 (Woodward Avenue) 461/462 (FAST Woodward Avenue) 495 (John R) 510 (Van Dyke), 560 (Gratiot), 561/563 (FAST Gratiot), 610 (Kercheval), 710 (Nine Mile), 730 (10 Mile), and 760 (13/14 Mile).

The route reductions come as SMART has seen an 80 percent drop in ridership since mid-March.

SMART also asks that people who are ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to remain at home and not use public transportation.