The North Central Regional Transit District suspended its 305 Taos Express weekend bus route serving Taos, Española and Santa Fe on Monday (March 23) and two other major routes to help discourage the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the region.
In addition to the local weekend route, called the 305 Taos Express, which served Taos, Española and Santa Fe, the district has also halted buses on the 290 Edgewood and 400 Los Alamos routes.
The news came on Monday after the town of Taos posted a notice to its website discouraging visitors from traveling to the county. During a press conference later in the day announcing new restrictions on social gatherings and suspensions of non-essential businesses, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced 18 new cases of the respiratory illness currently sweeping the state, bringing the total number of cases to 83 to date.
Although Taos' weekend bus service has been cancelled, the 300 Taos, which provides weekday morning and afternoon rides between Taos and Santa Fe, with service in Pilar, Dixon, Velarde, Alcalde and the Española Transit Center, remains operational.
Schedules for five other bus routes were also modified to exclude weekend service, including the 800 Angel Fire route, which will continue to shuttle travelers between the town of Taos and the Village of Angel Fire Monday through Friday.
The 260 Cienaga, 270 Turquoise Trail, 280 Eldorado and 350 UNM Taos will only operate on a "demand request ride basis" from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. People requesting rides on those routes are asked to submit a request 24 hours in advance by calling (505) 629-4707.
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