26 September 2023

COVID slowing public transport

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Adelaide Metro has had to cut back public transport services and modify timetables as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt.

Announcing the changes, Adelaide Metro said no scheduled school bus services had been removed or cancelled and modified timetables were only required on some routes.

“School-based services are our highest priority,” Adelaide Metro said.

“Less than four per cent of the 9,038 daily services are impacted,” it said.

It said last trips of the evening, where no alternative service was available, would not be suspended at any time.

“These modified timetables are to accommodate necessary roster changes for operators of Adelaide Metro services due to drivers and support staff testing positive to COVID-19 or being required to isolate,” the transport service said.

It said modified timetables applied to some East-West, North-South, Outer North, Outer North East, Hills and Outer South routes.

“A patronage review has been carried out across every bus trip to ensure that suspended services are those with lowest patronage demand.

“Operators will continue to review services and increase resources to ensure that trips can be reinstated as soon as possible.”

Adelaide Metro said passengers should stay home if they felt unwell and social distance where possible when using public transport.

“Passengers are required to check-in using QR codes and wear face masks while on-board or waiting at a stop or station,” it said.

Adelaide Metro apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers and urged people to check timetables regularly and plan travel ahead of time.

Further information on the timetable modifications can be accessed at this PS News link.

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