The Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) will no longer pick up passengers who are not at a designated stop.
RMTD announced they are becoming a designated stop system. The change will take place starting September 1st. RMTD has currently been operating as a "flagged stop" system, where a passenger could "flag" down a bus at any corner as long as the bus could pull over safely. Starting September 1st, passengers will only be able to board an RMTD vehicle at designated stops along the route.
RMTD says they evaluated all 25 day and night routes and found the designated stop system to be the safest for passengers. RMTD also says that this new policy should help with route times because the bus won’t be stopping as often.
The designated stops will be noted by either an RMTD bus stop sign or an RMTD shelter.
RMTD provides over 1.6 million rides each year. The District has a fleet of 64 fixed route and paratransit vehicles.