The number of transit buses in circulation has been reduced by around 60 percent in the last two years, a city report says.

The decline has also forced transit companies to shut down bus routes, which in turn has affected passengers, who must use the more costly taxi service.

The Municipal Transit System had 235 registered buses — a figure that went down to 98 this year.

Bus routes also declined to 14 from 21.

According to the system the reduction was caused by the closure of schools and restrictions in private companies during the pandemic.

The agency said of the 72 transit operators five declared bankruptcy in the last year.

Those companies are not expected to reopen. Other company owners are expecting to declare bankruptcy as well while the rest are struggling to stay afloat. Only one of the companies is working close to a hundred percent, but most are operating at half capacity.

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