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A Vista Transit rider disembarks at the Sierra Vista station. Vista Transit will resume services on March 30 for "essential trips" only, while the transit center will remain closed.

SIERRA VISTA — The City of Sierra Vista plans to resume regular Vista Transit bus service on Monday, March 30, with additional safety procedures in place to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 and urges riders to only use the service for essential trips.

“We understand that transit service is vital to those who rely on it. Right now, Vista Transit should only be used for essential trips to include getting groceries or prescriptions, going to work, and going to medical appointments,” Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller says.

“If you feel sick, stay home and call your medical provider for guidance. And please understand that Vista Transit service may be subject to further changes or suspension with little notice based on federal and state guidance, or developments in our local situation,” he said.

The Vista Transit Center will remain closed and riders are urged to practice social distancing measures while waiting for the bus and while on the bus. That means keeping at least 6 feet of space between themselves and other people whenever possible. On buses with rear doors, passengers will be required to board via the rear entry and all buses will prohibit seating within 6 feet of the drivers.

Vista Transit will offer an additional Orange Route bus to help disperse passengers on its most popular route. This bus will operate on a staggered schedule so an Orange Route bus will be available every 30 minutes, instead of every 60 minutes.

Customer service will still be available by calling the Transit Center at (520) 417-4888 during regular hours Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If a rider needs to claim a lost item, they must call to schedule an appointment.

— Submitted by City of Sierra Vista

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