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Navajo Nation to reopen bus routes with 39 new hybrid vehicles

(Photo via The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President)

PHOENIX– The Navajo Nation obtained 39 new hybrid buses through a $6 million transportation grant, authorities said Thursday.

The Navajo Transit System on Monday plans to resume its services, which were paused in response to health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The transportation services will resume with limited capacity as well as a waived bus fare. Passengers will be expected to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while on public transportation.

With many of the Navajo Nation relying on public transportation, officials are excited to begin serving communities again, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said in a press release.

The hybrid buses are intended to provide durable, low-emission transportation for commuters, and each bus is handicap accessible. With the soft reopening of bus routes beginning on Monday and the expansion of available routes on July 6, officials expressed hope for the reopening of the Navajo Nation.

“This is symbolic of the resilience and will of the Navajo people during the COVID-19 pandemic to overcome the challenges we have faced and move forward together, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in the release.
“It serves to not only benefit our communities, but to instill more hope and pride in our people.”

For more information regarding bus routes or questions regarding the new COVID-19 safety protocols, you can contact 929-729-4002 or visit navajotransit.navajo-nsn.gov.

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