People Mover cancels some Friday bus trips
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - People Mover announced that select trips on six bus routes would be canceled Friday due to COVID-19 related staff shortages.
The announcement was posted in a community alert that some trips throughout the day will not run on routes 10, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 55.
Route 10 covers Northern Lights Boulevard, route 20 covers Mountain View, route 30 covers Debarr Road, route 35 covers Arctic Boulevard and route 55 covers Lake Otis Parkway.
It also said the trips will not be appearing on Google and other bus tracking apps as canceled.
People Mover routes 40, 65, 85, 21, 31, 11, 41, 91 and 92 will still run on Friday.
People Mover Transit Planning Manager Bart Rudolph told Alaska’s News Source that only 24 of the 850 trips scheduled for Friday would be affected by the cancelations. He said 26 drivers were out on Friday due to either COVID-19, illness, or scheduled vacation leave.
“We only have about 110 drivers, so we have about 26% of our workforce out right now,” he said.
Rudolph said the best way to find out what routes would be affected is to visit peoplemover.org or call (907) 343-6543 until 5p.m. He said all weekend routes were covered and would run on schedule, but that route coverage for Monday was still uncertain, so people should check the website prior to leaving for the bus stop.
“Right now we are asking drivers to fill the shifts with overtime, we are forcing overtime. We know that this weekend we have everything covered. Monday may be a different story. We are working on that today to try to get everything covered on Monday, but it may be a day-by-day basis for the next week or two.”
He also urged people to be patient since drivers are doing what they can to keep buses running.
“They are probably here on their day off. They’ve been doing this for months now to make sure that all of our trips are covered. So if you see a driver, if you are out riding, give them an extra thank you. Let them know that you appreciate them being here, because any effort of support is welcomed.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional information.
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