City bus riders should limit their use to ‘essential trips only’

Metro Wire Staff

Central Transportation, the joint county-city public bus service, will continue offering its fixed-route and ADA paratransit programs as usual, but on Friday announced some changes to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

The department has enhanced its cleaning protocols, according to a news release from Director Susan Lemke, which includes regularly disinfecting of commonly-touched surfaces on city buses.

Passengers are now being asked to enter and exit the bus via the rear door, though exceptions will be made for individuals in wheelchairs and with other accessibility concerns.

Passengers are asked to limit bus ridership for essential trips only, like those for medical appointments, work, or going to the grocery store. Bus riders should continue the government-recommended six-foot social distancing from other passengers.

Central Transportation has also suspended the collection of bus fares, essentially offering transportation for no charge, until further notice.