By Danielle Chavira

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Springs city officials say a jump in COVID-19 cases is causing a shortage in Mountain Metro Bus Service on Friday. This comes as the El Paso County Public Health Department advises riders who used the fixed-route service between Oct. 19-26 to watch for COVID-19 symptoms.

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“One bus driver and two other employees who work for RATP-Dev, Mountain Metropolitan Transit’s fixed-route contractor, tested positive. All three have not been at work since Oct. 26,” the health department stated on Thursday.

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With a shortage of bus drivers, some services are being cut:

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  • Beginning Saturday, October 31 weekend bus service on Routes 1, 3, 5, 7, 25, and 27 will move from 30 minute frequency to 60 minute frequency
  •  Cancelations until further notice:
    • Beginning October 30
      • Route 15 canceled
      • Route 5 leaving from downtown to Citadel at 1:00pm, 3:15pm, and 5:30pm
      • Route 5 leaving from the Citadel to downtown at 12:37pm, 2:50pm, and 5:05pm
    • Beginning November 2
      • Routes 12 and 35 canceled

ADA Paratransit service will not see service cuts.

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“All Mountain Metro buses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every evening with products approved by the EPA for coronavirus disinfecting,” city officials said.

Danielle Chavira