May 28, 2020
Dover, NH – Effective Monday, June 1, COAST will resume service on Route 41cc, and transition Route 40 and 41 from the current Saturday schedule to a new reduced weekday schedule. COAST is committed to continuing to increase services as capacity allows but, based on factors beyond their control, may have to continue a reduced schedule until the planned launch of an all new system on June 29th.
According to COAST, the decision to resume more services on June 1 is consistent with the CDC’s latest decision matrix for public transit operators when considering reopening mass transit during the COVID19 pandemic.
COAST Executive Director, Rad Nichols, commented, “We are increasing services consistent with applicable state orders. Recommended health and safety actions, and ongoing monitoring, are in place to the extent possible.” Nichols continued, “If necessary, due to changing conditions, we will continue to be as flexible as possible and make adjustments when and where needed. We are striving to do our very best to meet the essential transportation needs of our passengers, and the region, during very challenging times.”
For additional updates on COAST operations resuming on June 1 visit www.coastbus.org. Please follow COAST on Facebook and Twitter (@COASTbus), and download the DoubleMap App, for periodic updates, information, and real-time bus locations.
Face masks are strongly encouraged by COAST when riding public transit. Hand sanitizer is being made available for all passengers to use before moving back to their seat. COAST continues to sanitize all buses at a higher frequency and are beginning to regularly sterilize the insides of the buses with their new hydrogen peroxide foggers.
COAST asks that individuals do not ride if they have any symptoms that are associated with COVID-19, and limit trips, for now, to only those that are essential.
Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) has provided public transit service to the Seacoast New Hampshire region since 1982. COAST is a non-profit agency, operating a regional public transit system that relies primarily on federal and local government support to operate. COAST is governed by a board of directors representing the communities served, two regional planning commissions, and many local and state agencies. COAST’s vision is to be an innovative leader in providing a broad range of public transportation services, connecting, and coordinating a robust network of transportation options for everyone. -