Metro Transit reduces services

Metro Transit announced this week that services will be reduced by 40% based on fewer riders, the need to keep the public and drivers safe, and the need to more extensively clean buses and trains due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Metro Transit last week announced the suspension of transit services between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

With the governor’s shelter-in-place executive order starting Friday, March 27, riders should limit their use of public transit to essential trips for basic needs. The result of reduced Metro Transit service means most buses and trains will operate at levels typically reserved for the weekend. There is no indication from Metro Transit when services will transition back to normal hours and higher frequency of operations.

There has been some concern with the regularity and thoroughness of the sanitation of buses and LRTs since the COVID-19 outbreak. It is hoped that reduced services will provide Metro Transit with the ability to more frequently disinfect public infrastructure before buses and trains must go back into circulation.

Riders should remember to exit buses and trains from the rear door and maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.

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