COLTS to Continue 10 Fixed Bus Routes, Demand Response Service

As Lackawanna County remains under the Governor’s Stay At Home order, COLTS will continue to have its 10 Fixed Route bus routes and Demand Response Service available to people needing essential service. Face masks that protect a person’s nose and mouth will remain strongly recommended for all passengers. Please continue to practice social distancing.

What To Do If You Need to Make An Essential Trip and Are Not On A Bus Route

This is a reminder that if you do not live on a bus route currently being run and need to make a life-essential trip, Demand Response Service is available through COLTS’ Shared Ride Program.

-This service is ONLY for passengers to make life-essential trips (employment, food access to certain grocery stores listed below, medical, and pharmacy trips) in areas not serviced by the routes we are running (#12 Jessup, #18 Petersburg, #28 Pittston, #31 Old Forge, #34 Keyser Valley, #41 High Works, #43 Viewmont/Bangor, #52 Carbondale, #71 Evening City Circle North, and #72 Evening City Circle South).

-The service is provided Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Passengers can call (570) 963-6795 and press 1 at the prompt to request service.

Please note:
-Calls are being taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-Trip request does not guarantee service.
-Passengers requesting service are asked to have times and correct addresses for both locations ready when they call.
-Passengers must allow 24 hours’ notice for trips; there will be no same-day trips.
-ONLY trips deemed life-essential (work, medical, certain grocery stores listed below, and pharmacy) will be provided.

-The full list of grocery stores that COLTS will service is:
Gerrity’s • Giant • Price Chopper • Quinn’s • Wal-Mart • Wegman’s • Weis

-A maximum of two hours will be allowed on grocery store trips.

#46 Mall Circulator Cancelled Until Further Notice

Effective Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the only COLTS bus routes that will run as part of essential Fixed Route Service are:
#12 Jessup, #18 Petersburg, #28 Pittston, #31 Old Forge, #34 Keyser Valley, #41 High Works, #43 Viewmont/Bangor, #52 Carbondale, #71 Evening City Circle North, and
#72 Evening City Circle South.
The #46 Mall Circulator will no longer run until further notice.
Demand Response Service will continue.

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COLTS Strongly Recommends Use of Masks By Passengers

COLTS strongly recommends that all passengers now wear non-medical masks while riding on its buses and vans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have revised their initial recommendations about mask use to state that the general public should wear cloth or homemade masks (not medical grade masks) when they are using public transit.

The Department of Health web site includes directions for making your own masks:  https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3hiKjQBjkzF-zf51h-q3MwdRlvLYBwgWzS7c5czcQSYekskCpTSJJQEOw#UniversalMasking

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Please Ride for Necessary Trips Only!

Public transportation is an essential service. Governor Wolf’s Stay At Home directive is very specific regarding who should be out. Essential trips include food access, medical and pharmacy trips, and employment. We want you to be safe, and we want our drivers to be safe. We need to help each other in this time of crisis.

In addition to riding for an essential purpose, COLTS passengers MUST have a destination in order to ride the bus. This is not the time to take a bus ride just to get out of the house.

If you do ride the bus, COLTS asks that you practice Social Distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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