PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix City Council announced Friday that public transit schedules would be temporarily reduced due to coronavirus impact.
The changes go into effect on Monday, May 4. The start of service will shift to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. on the weekends.
Late night service hours will be temporarily eliminated. Service will end at 11 p.m. every day.
The schedule reduction allows public transit to focus on areas and routes with the highest needs. Essential bus service will continue in every community.
There will be different passenger restrictions based on the type of bus.
The City of Phoenix says their priority is the safety of riders, drivers and the community. The City asks riders to use public transit for essential trips only, and to plan extra time for trips as these changes may affect commute times.
The following COVID-19 preventative measures remain in place:
- Passenger limits on buses
- Social distancing of 6 feet or more between riders
- Passengers 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
Riders can find the latest schedules and updates at valleymetro.org.
#RiderAlert: Effective Monday, May 4 all @cityofPhoenixaz bus routes will begin service at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends. Service will end at 11 p.m. seven days a week. Visit https://t.co/X3c8361wE3 for more information. #PhoenixPublicTransit pic.twitter.com/Hv2zGL2EeO— PHX Public Transit (@PhoenixMetroBus) April 24, 2020