Long Beach bus drivers provide an essential service for the residents of 15 cities in the area. But what’s it like to drive a bus during the pandemic?
While overall ridership and revenue have dropped dramatically, the cost of providing essential transportation services hasn’t decreased.
Officials from Long Beach Transit previously said ridership fare revenue was down 97% in April and May.
Ridership is down about 80% at Long Beach Transit, which has reversed a trend of growth seen before the pandemic, officials said.
Free rides will be offered starting at 5:00 p.m. and some routes will run as late as 2:45 a.m..
The Long Beach Transit driver was finishing up his bus route for the night when he started hitting parked cars, according to authorities.
Rather than having to request transfers and handle cash on board, all transiters have to do is simply tap their TAP card on the next train or bus they hop into within two-and-a-half hours after leaving their previous form of transit.
Long Beach Transit was among 28 recipients of $2.6 billion in state grants meant to expand transit and rail projects working to become faster, frequent, and more reliable.
Long Beach Transit (LBT) was one of 12 transit agencies statewide to receive a combined millions of dollars in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to modernize and improve bus infrastructure throughout the country.