TAMPA, Fla. — There is a new bus service in the Tampa Bay area. But rides have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
FlixBus, a low-cost bus service, launched in Tampa in February. A stop in St. Petersburg was approved by City Council in May.
Operations were temporarily suspended several months ago in Florida and across the country because of coronavirus.
Officials say they plan to relaunch the first Florida bus between Orlando and Miami on June 25.
Joanna Patterson, Head of Business Development for FlixBus, hopes to add Tampa and St. Pete to the network as soon as possible.
“As soon as we see the numbers and see that the momentum is picking up, we can put those buses back on the road,” Patterson said.
FlixBus announced safety guidelines to keep passengers safe once buses start running again:
- Buses will be disinfected after every trip.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for customers at the front entrance of the bus.
- Everyone, except for children under the age of two, is required to wear face coverings.
For more information on FlixBus, click here.