CTA to suspend fixed-route bus service starting Friday

Coast Transit Authority has announced the suspension of fixed-route bus service beginning Friday.

The decision was made in the wake of Gov. Tate Reeves issuing his state-wide shelter-in-place order.

The suspension in service is to run from April 3 to April 20.

“To mitigate the spread of the virus in our community, and to protect the health of our employees, Coast Transit Authority is announcing the suspension of all fixed route bus service beginning on Friday, April 3,” according to a press release.

The suspension could be extended, if the situation warrants, CTA officials warned.

All CTA transit centers and beach bus stations will remain closed to the public.

Demand response service for seniors and people with disabilities will be available for essential medical travel only, such as doctor appointments, dialysis and pharmacy. CTA officials said they will continue to work with senior citizen service agencies to deliver at home meals.

Demand response service will be shared ride, but passengers will need to socially distance while on board, keeping at least 6 feet apart within the vehicle to the extent possible.

Updates will be provided through the CTA website at www.coasttransit.com as well as the CTA social media platforms.

Fixed route ridership has fallen by approximately 70 percent, creating a situation where many buses are traveling almost empty.

“We thank everyone for their patience and understanding and look forward to welcoming them on board our fixed route service when it resumes operations.”

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