Phoenix to reduce city bus operation hours amid coronavirus outbreak

Apr 26, 2020, 4:25 AM

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PHOENIX — The Phoenix Public Transit Department will be reducing the hours of operation for its bus services due to the coronavirus outbreak, the city announced in a press release on Friday.

Beginning May 4, bus services will begin at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Additionally, city bus hours of operation will temporarily no longer include 11 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday or 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The reductions are designed to allow for transit services in areas of the highest need while also preserving the safety of riders, drivers and the community.

A full list of operated bus routes can be found online.

These COVID-19 preventative measures will also continue to remain in place:

  • Passenger limits on buses
  • Social distancing of six feet or more between riders
  • Passengers are urged to use a mask or cloth face cover
  • Rear door boarding and deboarding
  • Driver’s area separated with plexiglass
  • Hand sanitizer on buses
  • Contractors distributing PPE to drivers
  • Visual-only fare inspection
  • Enhanced vehicle cleaning

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