Petersburg Area Transit suspending service due to spread of COVID-19

Posted at 5:02 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:20:50-04

PETERSBURG, Va. – The City of Petersburg has announced that Petersburg Area Transit (PAT) will suspend service “until further notice” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say the decision was made to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.

PAT has an average of 57,000 passengers a month and serves Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and surrounding counties.

PAT service will be suspended, effective April 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

While all fixed route transit services will be suspended, PAT will provide emergency para-transit services for seniors and people with disabilities who are current riders.

CBS 6 reached out to the GRTC Transit System in Richmond to see if they have any plans to suspend their bus service.

A spokesperson says GRTC has no intentions of suspending service anytime soon because of how many people depend on their system, especially healthcare workers and other essential employees.

The spokesperson went on to say the ridership has slightly dropped.

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