The Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County is implementing an emergency service reduction plan for The Bus effective Oct. 25, which will bring temporary changes to three fixed routes.
These reductions are necessary due to the ongoing nationwide shortage in transit operators as well as supply chain delays impacting the availability of bus parts. On the Westside of Merced County, the LB commuter line, which runs between Los Banos and Merced, will operate on a modified schedule which will see reductions from the current hourly service.
On the east side of the county, the Livingston commuter route will absorb the Winton Commuter north route and will also run on a modified schedule.
All bus stops will continue to be served and operation hours for The Bus remain unchanged. New schedules for the affected routes can be found on www.mercedthebus.com or on ‘The Bus Live mobile’ app that can be downloaded on smart phones for free.
“Unfortunately, we continue to be impacted by the effects of the pandemic,” said Christine Chavez, transit manager. “However, as we implement these emergency service reductions we continue to strive toward providing quality, reliable services with the least impact to our passengers.”
Masks are still required to ride The Bus. Passengers are also encouraged to wash their hands often, cover all coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick, and avoid direct contact with sick individuals. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit the Merced County website: www.vaccinatemercedcounty.com.
The Bus is the single public transportation service provider for all of Merced County and is administered by the Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County and managed by the Merced County Association of Governments. All bus schedules and hours of operation can be found at www.mercedthebus.com or by calling The Bus at (209) 723-3100. Real-time information regarding fixed-route bus locations, services and arrival times can be found atwww.thebuslive.com or by downloading ‘The Bus Live’ app on your smart phone for free.