COLTS Offering Free Rides to Vaccination Appointments Beginning Monday

COLTS will offer free transportation for community members with confirmed COVID-19 vaccination appointments within Lackawanna County beginning March 1. The free service is being offered through COLTS’ Shared Ride program and will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You must make a reservation by calling (570) 963-6795 before noon on the business day prior to your appointment.

Saturday Schedules with Added Trips and Exceptions Take Effect Today (Monday, 2/8/21)

Beginning Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, COLTS will run on Saturday schedules from Monday through Friday, with added trips that are listed below. (COLTS will utilize the schedules for Saturday from Monday through Friday, with added trips). Service on Saturdays is canceled until further notice. The #26 Mohegan Sun / Wilkes-Barre VA route resumes again today (Monday, Feb. 8).

The #11 Mid Valley Industrial Parks route, which does not run on Saturdays, WILL continue to run its regular schedule Monday through Friday when Saturday schedules begin on Feb. 8.

Beginning TODAY (Monday, 2/8/21), all other routes will use Saturday schedules with added trips with updated exceptions and additions:
#12 Jessup: adds a trip outbound and inbound to the Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center at :40 past the hour.

#18 Petersburg: will add a later trip at 5:20 p.m. outbound and 5:50 inbound in addition to trips already added (see list below)

#46 Mall Circulator: will run Monday through Friday on its M-F schedule (NOT its Saturday schedule).

#71 Evening City Circle North and #72 Evening City Circle South will run Monday through Friday on their regular M-F schedules (NOT the Saturday schedule)

Below is the complete, updated list:
#11 Mid Valley Industrial Parks: will run on regular schedule

#12 Jessup
5:20 a.m., 6:20 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m. INBOUND;
Trips at :40 past the hour will service Dunmore Comprehensive Treatment Center

#13 Drinker/Marywood: no added trips

#18 Petersburg:
5:20 a.m., 6:20 a.m., 5:20 p.m. OUTBOUND;
5:50 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 5:50 p.m. INBOUND

#21 Lake Scranton/Oakmont: no added trips

#25 Valley View/Hilltop:
5:25 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:25 a.m. OUTBOUND;
5:50 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:50 a.m. INBOUND

#26 Mohegan Sun/W-B VA: no added trips

#28 Pittston:
5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m. INBOUND

#31 Old Forge/Stauffer:
5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m. OUTBOUND;
5:30 a.m., 6 a.m., 7:15 a.m. INBOUND

#36 Keyser Valley/Lafayette:
6:45 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:15 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:20 a.m. INBOUND

#41 High Works:
7:05 a.m., 8:05 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:10 a.m., 7:37 a.m., 8:45 a.m. INBOUND

#43/45 Viewmont Mall:
7:15 a.m., 8:15 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:20 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 8:40 a.m. INBOUND

#46 Mall Circulator: will run on its weekday schedule

#52 Carbondale:
5:45 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6 a.m., 7 a.m. INBOUND

#54 Dickson City via North Main Ave
6:20 a.m., 7:20 a.m. OUTBOUND;
6:55 a.m., 7:55 a.m. INBOUND
All added trips service Geisinger/Mount Pleasant.

#71 Evening City Circle North: will run on its weekday schedule
#72 Evening City Circle South: 
will run on its weekday schedule

#80 Commerce Loop: no added trips

Facial Coverings MANDATED by Order of TSA on All COLTS’ Vehicles and Property

Facial coverings are MANDATED by order of the TSA on all COLTS’ vehicles and property (effective Feb. 2, 2021)

The following are attributes of masks needed to fulfill the requirements of the Order. CDC will update this guidance as needed:

  • A properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth.
  • Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
  • Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers.
  • Mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.

The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above.

  • Masks can be either manufactured or homemade.
  • Masks can be reusable or disposable.
  • Masks can have inner filter pockets.
  • Clear masks or cloth masks with a clear plastic panel may be used to facilitate communication with people who are hearing impaired or others who need to see a speaker’s mouth to understand speech.
  • Medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill the requirements of the Order.

The following do not fulfill the requirements of the Order:

  • Masks worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose
  • Face shields or goggles (face shields or goggles may be worn to supplement a mask that meets above required attributes)
  • Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandannas
  • Shirt or sweater collars (e.g., turtleneck collars) pulled up over the mouth and nose.
  • Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through
  • Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or leather)
  • Masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
  • Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)

For more information:

SNOW ROUTES – Effective Winter 2021

The decision to keep buses on Snow Routes all day will be decided on a case by case basis dependent on the weather.

#12 Jessup: North Washington Ave. to Green Ridge St. to Blakely St. to regular route to the bottom of Church St. in Jessup.

#13 Drinker / Marywood Saturday: Inbound: Drinker Street to Blakely to Green Ridge to North Washington to regular.                

 #14 Drinker / Chestnut: North Washington Ave. to Green Ridge St. to left on Blakely St. right on Drinker St. on to regular route; no service on Chestnut or Mill Streets.

#18 Petersburg: Regular route to Prescott Ave. and Mulberry St. (at Turkey Hill) and turn around.

# 21 Lake Scranton / Oakmont: Regular route to Moosic St. to right on Meadow Ave. to River St., then turn around in Salvation Army parking lot.

# 25 Valley View / Hilltop: Use regular route to South Webster Ave and Brook St., then right on Brook St. to left on Prospect Ave., to left on Cherry St. to South Webster Ave.; no service to Valley View Terrace or Hilltop Manor.

#28 Pittston: No Rocky Glen Road; no Williams St.; stay at Pittston Plaza.

#31 Old Forge / Stauffer: Use regular route to N. 9th (Robinson) to Cabrini Ave. to 10th to Washburn to S. Main; right onto Drakes Lane and turns around in empty parking lot at former UPS building; no Bridge Street.

# 36 Keyser Valley/Lafayette:
Lafayette Route:
Lackawanna to N. 9th (Robinson) to Cabrini Ave. to 10th to Washburn; no Lafayette St.
Keyser Valley Route: No snow route.

#41 High Works: Regular route to Main Ave. to Oak St. to Keyser Ave. to Keyser Oak Plaza; no service on Dickson Ave.; no service on Ferdinand or Theodore Streets. There is no service to Allied Services or Delaware Towers unless otherwise noted.

#43 Viewmont / Bangor and #45 Viewmont Express:
Regular route to Bangor Heights, then straight on Kelly St. to left on Kennedy St., to left on Edith Ave. to left on Mary St. to right on Kelly St., and back to regular route.
#45: No snow route.

#53 Marywood / U of S: Use Adams Ave. to regular route outbound; no service to University of Scranton; use North Washington Ave. inbound.

#54 Dickson City via North Main Ave: Regular route into Mount Pleasant Drive; bus exits on Linden Ave. to 7th to Lackawanna Ave. to N. 9th (Robinson) to Cabrini Ave. to 10th to Washburn to South Main to regular route.

#54 Dickson City via North Main Ave. SATURDAY: Lackawanna Ave. to N. 9th (Robinson) to Cabrini Ave. to 10th to Washburn to South Main to regular route.

New IDs to Be Accepted by COLTS; Current Green Ones Accepted Only Until 9/30

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020 COLTS will only honor the WHITE card (pictured below) with green lettering for Marywood students, faculty, and staff, as per Marywood officials, to ride COLTS at no cost. The white card can be obtained at the Student ID office in Marywood’s Madonna Hall.

The GREEN card that technically expired June 30 will accepted on COLTS buses until Sept. 30, 2020.

COLTS’ Passenger Code of Conduct

-All fares must be paid upon boarding.
-Everyone must stand behind the white line before the bus can leave its stop.
-Passengers must be fully clothed, including shirts and shoes, while aboard a COLTS vehicle.
-No eating or drinking, unless medically necessary. Food and drink items must be in a sealed container at all time.
-Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
-Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping, and smokeless tobacco are prohibited.
-Hazardous, toxic, or explosive materials may not be brought onto the bus.
-Do not litter on the bus. Please dispose of trash and recyclables properly.
-Yield priority seating to riders with disabilities and seniors.
-Use the stop request cord to signal your stop.
-Aisles and seats must be kept clear of strollers, carts, packages, etc.
-All strollers must be folded – no exceptions.
-Do not disturb or harass other passengers or the operator. Loud and disruptive riders will be asked to leave the bus.
-Conversations on cell phones should not distract or disrupt other passengers or the operator. Please keep calls short and quiet!
-Music and audio devices are allowed ONLY with the use of headphones. Volume levels that disrupt the safety of the vehicle operator and passengers will not be permitted.
-Please refrain from cursing and using profanity.
-Guide dogs and service animals are allowed on COLTS buses. A service animal is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.” Emotional support animals are not considered service animals.  
-Small pets are allowed on the bus in carriers, but the carrier cannot take up a seat of obstruct the aisle.
-If you notice a package left anywhere on the bus, do not disturb it. Instead, please notify the driver immediately.