GRAND JUNCTION, Col.
Grand Valley Transit began 20 years ago in Mesa County. The city bus service burns methane for a clean exhaust, has bike racks so you don’t have to travel far after your stop, and they stop every 15 minutes.
20 years later, Grand Valley Transit is still moving forward, even during the coronavirus pandemic, but the traffic has changed dramatically. Grand Valley Transit Coordinator Andrew Gingerich says, âWe typically have about three quarters of a million boardings per year. But, without a school, without traffic in the city center and without traffic in the airport, the bus trade is on the decline. “The ridership since COVID-19 has declined by about 50 or 60%,” says Gingerich.
During COVID-19, the wheels of the city bus are always spinning in circles to get you where you need to be. Gingerich says: âDuring this time, we have asked cyclists to ride only for essential trips. “
Kevin Fanning is a frequent bus driver to and from work and loads his bike onto the bus for over a mile to get home from his stop. âI take the bus every day. I commute, ride and take the bus.
The world doesn’t stop turning during the pandemic and neither does Grand Valley Transit, and they are taking precautions to protect you. âWe disinfect the bus twice a day with an electrostatic sprayer. Windows are cracked to create air flow. You will also see a barrier between the driver and the rider. There are demarcated seats to keep the driver away from the passengers, and most importantly, we recommend that people wear their masks, âGingerich explains.
Business is struggling across the country during the Coronavirus, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for bus companies. âThe buses are more empty and people can spread out and practice social distancing on the bus,â says Gingerich. It’s a coincidence, but Grand Valley Transit has implemented another precaution to create more distance just in case. Kevin says, âThey have a ghost bus that goes behind if it’s too crowded. therefore, it is a good service. I highly recommend it. “
For more information on Grand Valley Transit, click here: https://gvt.mesacounty.us/