News Release: Ben Franklin Transit to resume three routes, discontinue one temporary route in Pasco, effective December 14

December 9, 2020 10:44 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Media Contact:
Ali Madison | amadison@bft.org | 509.571.0711
 

Ben Franklin Transit to resume three routes, discontinue one temporary route in Pasco, effective December 14

RICHLAND, Wash. – Beginning December 14, 2020, Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) will resume three regular bus routes which will replace one temporary route in West Pasco. This set of changes is the first step toward restoring regular bus services in Pasco after scaling back earlier in the year in response to pandemic impacts. The agency is continuously working to adjust services in alignment with maximizing connectivity for our community and responding to evolving pandemic guidance and operating conditions.

Pasco Bus Route Changes Effective Monday, December 14

The following bus route will be DISCONTINUED:

  • Route 69E. This route was launched in March to temporarily combine and replace Routes 66 and 67, which will now resume service.

The following regular bus routes will RESUME SERVICE:

  • Route 66. This Route will resume regular service Monday through Saturday providing westbound and eastbound service on Sylvester Street, Court Street, and Chapel Hill Boulevard. 
  • Route 67. This Route will resume regular service Monday through Saturday providing westbound and eastbound service on Court Street along Road 68 to Sandifur Parkway.
  • Route 268. This Route will resume with modified service times Monday through Friday extending service throughout Pasco and into Richland; Route 268 will not operate on Saturday. 

Temporary bus Route 61E will continue to replace Routes 64 and 65 until further notice. Customers who normally ride Routes 64 and 65 can visit www.bft.org/Services/Route-61-69-E/ 

to see the map and schedule for Route 61E, including which stops they can use to access the temporary replacement route.

For the most up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend that riders download and use the Transit app or go to https://www.bft.org/services/route-maps-and-schedules/. Phone support is also available Mon-Fri 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 509.735.5100.

BFT will continue to provide regular service on all other bus routes at this time and will notify customers via Facebook and Twitter, on its website at www.bft.org and by other means as appropriate of any further changes in service.

Reminder about on-demand transit service, BFT CONNECT

For those needing additional help making connections, BFT CONNECT is our on-demand ride service that allows riders to request a ride when they need it to connect to bus routes and, currently as a service enhancement during the pandemic, to select essential service locations within a zone of travel. To learn more about BFT CONNECT, riders can go to www.bft.org/ConnectOnDemand.

Ongoing Commitment to Safety and Cleanliness

To protect our passengers and drivers, BFT is continuing daily disinfection procedures in all our vehicles and facilities and continuing all implemented social distancing measures, including suspended fare collection and rear-door bus entry until further notice. Our top priorities are to continue providing essential mobility throughout our community while keeping our employees and customers healthy and safe.

When using BFT services and at our facilities, we ask all riders to adhere to the following:

  • Wear a face covering (if needed, drivers can provide free face coverings while supplies last), in accordance with state and local orders
  • Maintain a safe distance from others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer)
  • Stay home and do not use public transit if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

BFT will continue to monitor COVID-19-related developments and take appropriate action using guidance from public health authorities to ensure the safety of our employees and customers. Our most current safety efforts are shared and updated as appropriate at bft.org/Safety and on our social media accounts.