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Buses in Service

  • Listed: July 11, 2020 6:51 pm
  • Expires: 24 days, 11 hours
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Both the RIDE (fixed route buses) & Care-A-Van (elder & paratransit buses) will be in service.

Because of COVID-19 we will operate under New Protocols for both riders & employees:

• Follow all driver instructions & signs on spacing of riders to increase social distancing & any other driver directions
• Wear a Face Mask that covers the nostrils to the chin, when boarding & at all times while inside a bus (see list of exemptions from mask rule, below)
• Restrict bus travel to point-to-point service only (no riding one or more loops of route)
• Refrain from eating or drinking on bus
• Drivers will allow each bus to be filled to only 50% of capacity – if a bus just passes a stop, please understand the bus was at capacity
• Disposable masks & hand sanitizer will be available to riders

Please call 747-8617 to schedule a ride on Care-A-Van

The RIDE fixed route schedules will remain the same as before Mar. 20 (Exception: there will be no service to GP Industrial Park on SMC Blue Line)

For The RIDE schedule go HERE
For a mobile-friendly interactive map, go to
To read more about the New Protocols, go to or Facebook page HERE

The RIDE & Care-A-Van are taking extra protective steps:

• Buses will deep cleaned after every day in use
• Temporary vinyl barriers will separate driver from passengers
• Riders will be asked to sit only in allowed seats that are spaced for social distancing
• Each bus will carry only 50% of its full capacity of riders
• Touchless hand-sanitizer dispensers will be available to bus riders

Mask Rule Exemptions:

  1. Any child aged two years or less;
  2. Any child aged 12 years or less unless a parent or guardian supervise the use of the face covering;
  3. Any individual who has a physical disability that prevents wearing or removing of a face covering;
  4. And individual who is deaf and used facial and mouth movements to communicate;
  5. Any individual who has been advised by a medical professional that wearing a face covering may pose an unreasonable risk;
  6. Any individual who has trouble breathing or is otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
  7. If someone gets on a bus claiming an exemption under 3, 5, or 6, they will be allowed on that one ride, but will be handed a card explaining that they have to apply Center for Community for an ongoing mask exemption.

As more supplies become available & as new buses arrive in the next 3 months, the RIDE will install rigid plexiglass barriers between driver & passengers, sneeze-guard shields on the top of seats & advanced HEPA filters in the bus air conditioning & heating systems. Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Center for Community & Swan Lake Senior Center look forward to Sitka’s support of & compliance with protocols to increase safety for everyone. The new protocols are supported by Center for Community & SE Senior Services. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska, which operates the RIDE fixed route services, adopted the new protocols in a resolution on June 17, 2020.

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