Ben Franklin Transit has announced this upcoming Monday, March 8, is the day regular bus service will resume on three BFT routes and that one temporary route in Pasco will be discontinued.

This set of changes for Ben Franklin Transit is the final step in restoring regular bus services after having to make adjustments during the early stages of 2020's pandemic and its rippling impact effects.

Pasco Bus Route Changes Effective Monday, March 8

The following bus route will be DISCONTINUED:

Route 61E. This route was launched in March 2020 to temporarily combine and replace Routes 64 and 65, which will now resume service.

The following regular bus routes will RESUME REGULAR SERVICE:

• Route 64. This Route will resume regular service Monday through Saturday providing westbound and eastbound service in Pasco on Sylvester Street, 4th Avenue, Clark Street, Lewis Street, and A Street.

• Route 65. This Route will resume regular service Monday through Saturday providing westbound and eastbound service in Pasco on Sylvester Street, Lewis Street, A Street, and to Tierra Vida.

• Route 268. This Route will resume full service Monday through Friday with normal service frequency throughout Pasco and into Richland; Route 268 does not operate on Saturday.

For the most up-to-date bus schedules, it is recommended that riders download and use the Transit app, or go here.

Phone support is also available Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 509.735.5100.

BFT will notify customers via Facebook and Twitter, on its website here and by other means as appropriate of any further changes in service.

When using BFT services and at their facilities, they ask all riders to adhere to the following:

• Wear a face covering (if needed, drivers can provide free face coverings while supplies last), in accordance with the federal order

• Maintain a safe distance from others

• Wash hands frequently with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer)

• Stay home and do not use public transit if sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

BFT will continue to monitor COVID-19-related developments and take appropriate action using guidance from public health authorities to ensure the safety of employees and customers. The most current safety efforts are shared and updated as appropriate right here and on their social media accounts.

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