COVID-19 spread rapidly throughout our country, hitting all aspects of our daily lives including transportation. Some bus stations even cancel their routes.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – COVID-19 accelerated throughout the local community and from one country to another, with New York City being hit hard. However, that did not stop one bus company from suspending their services because of the plague.
Passengers can still travel Greyhound Bus route from New York City, the distribution center to Pennsylvania. This made Pennsylvania residents confused why this happened, and even caused a candidate to run for the State House to speak.
“We cannot ask Pennsylvania residents to sacrifice to stop the spread of the corona virus if we will continue to run buses from New York City to Scranton,” said the former Regional Director for PennDOT and now a candidate for State Representative, James May.
Maybe voicing his concerns with a few videos on Facebook, and his call for action is heard.
Only one of the videos was watched more than 750,000 times with around 25,000 shares, people are worried about the spread of the COVID-19 community. But, Greyhound still transports passengers from state to state with a bus station in Harrisburg making daily trips back and forth to New York City.
Greyhound sent a statement to FOX43: “No different from airlines and trains that continue to operate as important services, Greyhound is an important service provider and during an emergency crisis, we can transport health workers, truck drivers, emergency personnel and other important workers between Pennsylvania and New York. We proactively limit schedules and frequencies in the region to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We have also improved our sanitation guidelines in our terminals and on our buses. For more information on how Greyhound protects passengers and their employees, please visit www.greyhound.com/peace-of-mind. “
“If we are going to sacrifice to stop the spread of the corona virus, we have to stop the spread of these buses in and out of New York City, hotspot number one,” May said.
Response to the Greyhound problem, PennDOT said they shared concerns about inter-country bus travel and encouraged everyone to stay home and stay safe. PennDOT said inter-state bus travel was regulated at the federal level, and the state did not control the scheduling of inter-state bus transportation.
Greyhound says keeping drivers and drivers safe is a top priority. They have improved them cleaning steps and encourage customers to practice social distance and spread when they travel.
Part of the Greyhound ‘Peace of Mind Policy’ they reissue tickets to motorists who no longer wish to travel at this time and have purchased their tickets.
You can find more information about them website about tickets and refunds.
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