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Tulsa Transit Scales Back Service Because of COVID-19

Tulsa Transit

Tulsa Transit is reducing fixed-route bus frequency starting today.

"Our ridership has decreased to a Saturday level of service, and many other transit systems have seen similar experiences with COVID-19 taking root. So, we are trying to size the system to reflect that," said Tulsa Transit General Manager Ted Rieck.

Buses will run every 60 minutes. Buses will also be limited to eight to 12 passengers at drivers’ discretion.

"We can give people a three-foot space in between their seats, which is the minimum recommended by the American Public Transit Association, and we will be implementing that on Monday as well to limit the exposure of the virus among passengers as well as between passengers and our drivers," Rieck said.

Passengers are also asked to exit the bus through the rear door. Transit is deemed an essential service, so buses will continue to run.

Lift service is not affected by the changes.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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