The Roaring Fork Transit Authority (RFTA) announced Sunday that reduced services will begin Monday, March 16. Affected routes include up and down valley express buses, direct buses to and from Snowmass Village, Hogback commuter buses and Snowmass, Buttermilk and Highland's skier shuttles.
"These measures are intended to help protect RFTA’s passengers, as well as its frontline employees who are faced with tough choices as they balance work with their family priorities, including caring for children who are home from area schools," RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship said in a press release.
RFTA communications manager Jamie Tatsuno says this is the first phase of service reducation. There is no set time when the other two phases, minimal and low service, would be rolled out.
"As of right now, it is based on monitoring the conditions of the outbreak, ridership and ensuring the safety of RFTA employees and passengers," Tatsuno said.
Tatsuno said ridership decreased 11% between March 4 and March 11.
Last week, RFTA started decontaminating buses. Blankenship encouraged people who weren't feeling well to stay home, for the health and safety of drivers and other passengers. The company was also making plans to support employees with sick leave and to continue services even if some drivers became ill and stayed home.