Pasco County Limits Bus Riders Due To Coronavirus

This article originally appeared on the New Port Richey Patch

PASCO COUNTY, FL — Effective Wednesday, March 25, Pasco County Public Transportation will begin limiting the number of riders allowed on each bus in observance of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing and gathering guidelines.

Drivers will allow 10 to 15 riders at a time, depending upon the size of the bus. To accommodate this change, PCPT will increase the number of buses on the busiest routes by reassigning them from underused routes, resulting in a temporary suspension of service on Routes 18, 25, 31 and 41 until further notice.

Vehicles will be standing by to assist with overflow situations, and supervisors will be on-site at key locations as this transition occurs.

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Additionally, PCPT will close the walk-up customer service window at 8620 Galen Wilson Blvd., New Port Richey.

And PCPT is limiting locations for demand-response (paratransit) services to essential service locations, such as medical, work and grocery locations.

During the coronavirus outbreak, Pasco County has suspended fares on all buses to assist customers experiencing hardships and limit contact between bus drivers and riders.

The PCPT is following all recommended CDC and Florida Department of Health preventive measures and sanitizing best practices on its bus fleet.

For a complete list of PCPT route and schedule changes, visit the website.

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