La Crosse MTU to go to six days, switch to hourly schedule

No reason given, although coronavirus probably culprit
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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility will switch to six-day service after Sunday’s routes and cut back service from every half-hour to hourly on Monday, according to an MTU news release.

Service will begin at 5:40 a.m. and end at 10:40 p.m., according to the release, issued Friday evening. It didn’t stipulate the reason for the changes, and MTU officials could not be reached for comment Friday night, but chances are, the COVID-19 pandemic propelled the decision.

As recently as Tuesday, the MTU had said service would continue, although conditions would be evaluated as time passed.

The MTU closed its Grand River Station lobby Thursday, when the main offices of the Municipal Service Center also were closed.

The news release repeated the MTU’s earlier appeal for patrons to use the buses only for essential transportation needs.

The MTU’s Facebook page carries this caution: “All boarding and exiting of the bus will be done through the REAR doors only. (Exceptions made for use of front door for the securing of mobility devices — at the driver’s discretion).”

MTU’s buses serve La Crosse, French Island, part of Onalaska and La Crescent, Minn.