Mountain Line to Continue Service Reductions and Precautions
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (April 30, 2020) – Mountain Line will continue operating with the service reductions and precautions introduced on March 21 for the foreseeable future.
Gov. Doug Ducey issued an amended Executive Order (2020-33) on April 29, extending some of the restrictions from the original order through May 15, 2020. Due to this extension and the continued Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for social distancing, Mountain Line will continue with the following operational changes indefinitely:
- Weekend service levels seven days a week
- Fare-free service
- Rear door boarding (except for those requiring a ramp)
- Chain separating the driver from the rest of the bus by at least six feet
- Increased disinfecting of vehicles
- Monitoring ridership to ensure riders have enough space for social distancing and deploying larger buses or “shadow” buses behind the first bus to allow for more space when needed.
During this time of transition, Mountain Line continues to operate for essential trips only, and those who have another means of transportation or are not taking an essential trip are asked to not ride transit at this time. For those who are riding for essential trips, a face mask is recommended, as is appropriate social distancing on vehicles and at stops.
As parts of the economy start to reopen, Mountain Line staff will work with public health officials and constantly monitor ridership levels to determine when partial or full service levels need to be reinstated. All decisions about the timing and scope of increasing service levels and decreasing precautions will be made with the safety of Mountain Line employees and riders as the top priority.
For more information on Mountain Line’s COVID-19 response, visit www.mountainline.az.gov/health.
Mountain Line is the transit agency in northern Arizona operating fixed route bus service on nine routes, paratransit service, vanpool, and seasonal Mountain Express service to Arizona Snowbowl. www.mountainline.az.gov for more information.