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Businesses continue to help the most vulnerable

Officials with B-Line say they’re seeing a 50% drop in ridership, but they will remain open.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 7:08 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Officials with B-Line say they’re seeing a 50% drop in ridership, but they will remain open.

While they’re still running their full service, Senior Planner and Overseer for Operations, Jim Peplow says they’re looking into modifications.

Peplow says they aren’t cutting routes, only adjusting times if needed. However, Route 8 and 9 have scheduled changes to come on Monday.

B-Line’s Paratransit service for seniors and those with disabilities have seen about 50% fewer riders.

"Because they aren’t going to social activities anymore they're not going to bridge and other classes they're going to the doctor and shopping so we are still getting ridership on that but there are no social rides we are giving," Peplow said.

B-Line buses are being fully washed down and sanitized every night – even more cleaning than they did before. And they have extra staff on hand cleaning the buses at stops around the county. 

Pharmacies are also making changes for prescription pickups, specifically geared towards helping the most vulnerable.

Raleys is offering curbside for seniors and at-risk patients, just call ahead to schedule your pick up. Walmart is doing the same.

Rite Aid is doing deliveries for most patients, but the company wants the least amount of contact with patients so no cash payments. They’re asking you to bring in your credit card for their record and future deliveries.

CVS pharmacy has deliveries as well.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

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Staying hot and hazy today, but relief from the heat is on the way for the middle of this week. We'll also have the potential for mountain thunderstorms on Wednesday. The heat returns this weekend.
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