The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), which has been hit hard by COVID-19, will reduce the frequency on some of their bus routes starting Sunday.
“It’s not gonna really affect me in a bad or negative way,” said San Diegan Bruce Fragger.
Some MTS workers explained the effort it has taken to maintain the schedule as some have been working 6 day work weeks to maintain routes.
“We were getting a good amount of call-offs,” MTS Bus Drive Brent DeMoss said.
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The following routes will have temporary schedule reductions due to a shortage of drivers:
- Weekend: Routes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 215, 225, 701, 815,
929, 933/934, and 955
- Saturday: Routes 2, 6, and 7
- Sunday: Route 7
For these routes the wait time will change to:
- Some periods of 10-12-min. frequency will operate with a 12-15-min. frequency instead.
- Some periods of 15-min. frequency will operate with a 20-min. frequency instead.
- Some periods of 20-min. frequency will operate with a 30-minute frequency instead.
- Some school-related tripper services may not operate.
Routes 712L and 854X remain suspended, and some Route 709L trips may not
operate depending on the availability of drivers, MTS said.
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Earlier this month, more than 100 BREEZE bus routes were also canceled because of staffing issues due to COVID-19, according to the North County Transit District.
The MTS trolley service will not be affected by the latest schedule changes.
The MTS schedule can be found here.