Due to continued driver shortages, all MATBUS fixed routes and MATBUS Paratransit services will end at 9:45 p.m. starting Monday, January 10, 2022. This is a temporary reduction in hours from the current service end time of 11:15 p.m.
Temporary timetable changes will also begin on January 10 for the following Fargo routes: 11, 13, 14, 15, 32W, 33 and NDSU TapRide. This is in addition to previous temporary changes to Route 2 and Fargo Industrial Park TapRide. These changes are described briefly below. To view the new temporary timetables view the Temporary Service Change Timetables document.
Route 2: The additional bus that runs between 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm will be suspended. Route 2 will be a half-hour route all day.
Route 11: reduced to hourly service, with trips leaving the GTC at :45 after the hour
Route 13: reduced to hourly service, with trips leaving the GTC at :45 after the hour
Route 14: reduced to hourly service, with trips leaving the GTC at :15 after the hour
Route 15: Buses will leave the GTC at :15 and :45 after the hour all day. There will also be an additional bus leaving at :00 after the hour from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Route 32W: discontinued until further notice
Route 33: 10-minute service all day
NDSU TapRide: new hours are 6:30-9:45pm
TapRide (Industrial Park): TapRide service to the Industrial Park will not be available Saturdays. Industrial Park service will continue as usual on weekdays.
This reduction in service levels will allow MATBUS to provide more reliable service for riders, while also allowing for time to recruit and train additional drivers. Driver shortages are a nation-wide trend in public transit, requiring service changes in transit agencies of every size.
These temporary MATBUS changes will be in effect until further notice, though they are expected to last through May 2022 at the earliest. MATBUS staff will continue to monitor driver staffing, and will give the public notice before reinstating service, which may occur gradually.
Any future service changes will be communicated to the public through the MATBUS News page, Facebook, Twitter and local news outlets. MATBUS riders are also encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts on the MATBUS website, which will allow them to receive direct emails about future announcements.