The North Central Regional Transit District – or RTD Blue Bus – Taos County routes have been suspended after two local bus drivers tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.
"To [ensure] proper safety measures are met, routes in Taos and Taos County will be temporarily placed on hold while employees based at the facility are tested and quarantined," according to a press release from Jim Nagle, RTD public information officer.
The routes affected include: 300 Taos, 305 Taos Express, 310 Red River, 320 Questa, 330 Peñasco, 340 Chile Line Red, 350 UNM Taos and 360 Tres Piedras. The Chile Ride paratransit and demand service is also cancelled.
Taos County's total number of positive cases has skyrocketed this fall and stood at 469 as of Monday (Nov. 16). The bus service is one of several local organizations to be affected by at least one positive case.
The transportation agency said it planned to announce the reopening of the routes as soon as it is safe to do so. For questions, please call (505) 629-4725.