Port Authority bus routes return to regular weekday schedules on Monday, May 18 with few exceptions

Port Authority of Allegheny County will restore several bus routes to regular weekday schedules beginning Monday, May 18. An additional 32 routes, including all three light rail lines, will continue to operate on reduced service schedules while Port Authority’s Service Development team monitors ridership levels. Adjustments will be made to accommodate ridership where possible.

The measures and precautions Port Authority has out into place to mitigate the spread of the virus will continue until further notice, including disinfecting vehicles and stations daily, asking riders to wear masks while on board vehicles and visiting the Downtown Service Center, and rear-door boarding.

Vehicle capacity limits will remain unchanged:

  • 10 passengers on a 35-foot bus
  • 15 passengers on a 45-foot bus
  • 25 passengers on a 60-foot articulated bus or light rail car

“This plan of action will allow us to safely and responsibly resume regular service while continuing to make sure our riders and employees feel safe, comfortable and protected,” said Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman.

Riders should allow for additional travel time and physically distance themselves from other riders and employees as much as possible while on board vehicles and waiting at transit stops.

“The hard-working men and woman of ATU Local 85 have been honored to play such a vital role in making sure communities throughout Allegheny County have had access to essential services in the red phase, and we will continue to make sure our region is successful through the yellow phase,” said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 President/Business Agent Steve Palonis, whose union represents more than 2,000 Port Authority operators and mechanics.

Routes being restored to regular service include:

  • 1-Freeport Road
  • 2-Mount Royal
  • 4-Troy Hill
  • 6-Spring Hill
  • 8-Perrysville
  • 11-Fineview
  • 12-McKnight
  • 13-Bellevue
  • 14-Ohio Valley
  • 15-Charles
  • 17-Shadeland
  • 20-Kennedy
  • 22-McCoy
  • 24-West Park
  • 26-Chartiers
  • 27-Fairywood
  • 29-Robinson
  • 31-Bridgeville
  • 36-Banksville
  • 38-Greentree
  • 39-Brookline
  • 40-Mt. Washington
  • 41-Bower Hill
  • 43-Bailey
  • 44-Knoxville
  • 48-Arlington
  • 53L-Homestead Park Limited
  • 54-North Side-Oakland-South Side
  • 56-Lincoln Place
  • 57-Hazelwood
  • 58-Greenfield
  • 74-Homewood-Squirrel Hill
  • 75-Ellsworth
  • 79-East Hills
  • 82-Lincoln
  • 86-Liberty
  • 87-Friendship
  • 88-Penn
  • Y46-Elizabeth Flyer

Although most routes will see regular service schedules, Port Authority’s workforce continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, and absenteeism remains at higher-than-normal levels. All service is contingent upon employee and equipment availability, and service adjustments will be made as needed to operate as much service as possible with the personnel available.

Riders are encouraged to contact Port Authority Customer Service by calling 412-442-2000, on Twitter @pghtransitcare or at www.portauthority.org.

Details can also be found at www.portauthority.org/coronavirus.

Source: Port Authority of Allegheny County
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