For Immediate Release
March 19, 2020
MST DECLARES FISCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
MST Board of Directors met (via teleconference) on March 19th and held a public hearing regarding the declaration of a fiscal emergency for the transit agency.
The declaration will enable implementation of emergency service reductions and delegate to the General Manager/CEO and/or his designates authority to take action to commit District resources and expenditures, and provide purchasing authority to the General Manager/CEO and/or his designee up to $250,000 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MST remains committed to providing safe, reliable, efficient service to the communities we serve. We understand that many, especially the most vulnerable, depend on the service we provide to meet their mobility needs. Basic needs like transportation don’t stop, even during times like these. Should MST experience a driver shortage due to illness, health precautions or childcare challenges due to school closures, we will be forced to reduce service; however, we will continue service on as many lines as possible. Visit www.mst.org or follow MST on twitter (@MST_BUS) for the most recent service changes and alerts.
For more information, visit mst.org or call 1-888-MST-BUS1 (1-888-678-2871) toll free. For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (example, “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1-888-MST-BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps. Follow twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.