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City of Helena suspends fixed-route bus services to help limit spread of COVID-19

Posted at 9:03 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 19:56:04-04

HELENA — The City of Helena has suspended fixed-route bus services for Capital Transit(formerly HATS) in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Both the blue route (Glendale Street to Walmart) and the red route (Target to St. Peter's Hospital) are suspended starting March 16, 2020, until further notice.

"We are taking this day by day," said Transportation Systems Director, David Knoepke. "With COVID-19 cases in Montana, we need to ensure the health and well-being of both our staff and the public."

Capital Transit’s ADA Complementary Paratransit Service will continue to operate, but is subject to change at a later point.

Capital Transit Supervisor Elroy Goleman told MTN they will do their best to keep the ADA service operational as long as possible.

Staff are regularly disinfecting commonly touched areas, but recognize the it is a group share ride service. Goleman asks that people who are sick contact their medical provider and avoid using the ADA bus to help limit that spread of any infection to others that rely on the service.

Paratransit Service operates weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Riders must have an approved application for service, and the service is not an emergency medical transport.