Calling the day you need a ride from Door County Connect and Door2Door Rides may be too late, according to Door County Transportation Director Pam Busch. After two years of low ridership due to COVID-19, the two systems have rebounded and are on pace to provide 43,000 rides this year. Door County Connect and Door2Door Rides saw about 41,000 riders a year leading up to the pandemic's start. Busch says the increase in ridership is most robust among those using the service to get to work.
In the wake of the increased ridership, Busch recommends riders call a day or two ahead of time to ensure they have a vehicle available. Door2Door Rides and Door-Tran are expected to be stretched even thinner in the coming months after Aurora BayCare announced it would be closing its Sister Bay clinic. The decision will require drivers to take riders from northern Door County to Sturgeon Bay or further for medical care.