by Mary Jo David
Due to COVID-19, the new round-trip shuttle between Stockbridge and Chelsea, provided by WAVE* and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, was postponed before it even had a chance to get started. Now, updated plans are calling for this free transportation service to begin on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
The shuttle will make four-round trips per day from Stockbridge to Chelsea on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It will have two shuttle stops in Stockbridge and will be able to pick up disabled individuals who have made reservations within a three-quarter mile radius from each stop. The service is available for passengers of all ages.
Stockbridge shuttle-stop locations include the following:
- Stop 1: Stockbridge Area Emergency Services Authority (SAESA), 1009 S. Clinton Street
- Stop 2: Veterans Memorial Park, the Gazebo on N. Wood Street
The shuttle will travel to Chelsea and drop off passengers at their desired location within the community. The shuttle is not limited to health-care appointments. Passengers may take the shuttle for trips to the grocery store, medical appointments, pharmacy visits, or for shopping trips. The shuttle driver and dispatch will coordinate pick-up in Chelsea with the passengers. Once they are in Chelsea, passengers may also use additional WAVE bus routes that travel throughout Chelsea and into Dexter and Ann Arbor. Travel on other WAVE routes may require a fee.
Although a brochure for the WAVE service indicates that reservations are not needed (except for disabled passengers requiring a pick-up or to for those wishing to be guaranteed a seat at a specific time), a July 15 press release stipulates that “Reservations are encouraged to ensure seating due to social distancing requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic period.”
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, all WAVE buses and vans have been outfitted with Plexiglas cockpits that enclose the driver. All hand-to-hand contact with drivers has been eliminated and fare boxes have been installed. All drivers have been issued face masks, gloves, and medical-grade face shields. WAVE is limiting seating on buses to ensure that riders adhere to proper social distancing, and ALL riders are required to wear masks. Drivers will continue to sanitize high touchpoints inside the buses regularly during the day and a full-time cleaning staff has been hired to clean the buses every night.
For more information about the shuttle and for seating reservations, please call WAVE at 734-475-9494.
* WAVE stands for Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express.
FREE roundtrip Stockbridge-to-Chelsea WAVE shuttle service is scheduled to begin on Aug. 3, 2020, with four trips per day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
WAVE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
Free round trips between Stockbridge and Chelsea
Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays starting August 3.
(Reservations encouraged: 734-475-9494)
8:35 am Stockbridge: SAESA pickup
8:40 am Stockbridge: Veterans Park pickup
9:15 – 9:34 am Chelsea arrival and shuttling
10:05 am Stockbridge: SAESA pickup & dropoff
10:10 am Stockbridge: Veterans Park Gazebo pickup & dropoff
10:50 – 11:20 am Chelsea arrival and shuttling
12:00 – 12:20 pm Chelsea pickups
12:40 pm Stockbridge: SAESA pickup & dropoff
12:45 pm Stockbridge: Veterans Park Gazebo pickup & dropoff
1:25 – 1:50 pm Chelsea arrival and shuttling
2:10 pm Stockbridge: SAESA pickup & dropoff
2:15 pm Stockbridge: Veterans Park Gazebo pickup & dropoff
3:00 – 3:20 pm Chelsea: Last pickups and drop-offs
3:40 pm Stockbridge: Last SAESA dropoff
3:45 pm Stockbridge: Last Veterans Park dropoff