As we continue to move through the ever changing environment surrounding COVID-19, one of Citizens for Modern Transit’s priorities is to ensure riders have the latest information on transit and the current protocols in place.
Here is a message from Metro Transit, “We are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 developments and are in communication with local, regional and state health officials. As a precaution, we have enhanced our cleaning and disinfecting procedures for MetroLink, MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride vehicles. We will continue to evaluate and adjust our cleaning procedures as needed.”
Some of the new steps being taken by Metro Transit on its vehicles:
- MetroBus, MetroLink and Metro Call-A-Ride vehicles are being sanitized every night with CDC-approved disinfectants and cleaning agents.
- During operation, any vehicles with unsanitary conditions are immediately removed from service for disinfecting.
- Wiping down and disinfecting high-touch surfaces on Metro vehicles and at transit centers and MetroLink stations.
- Hand-washing stations have been installed for our riders at the North Hanley, Rock Road, Delmar Loop, Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44, Maplewood-Manchester, Brentwood I-64, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Central West End, Grand, Civic Center, 8th & Pine, Convention Center, 5th & Missouri, Emerson Park, Fairview Heights and Belleville Transit Centers.
Metro Transit is recommending that riders follow the CDC guidelines which encourage frequent hand washing with soap and water, avoid touching the face, covering coughs and sneezes with tissues and staying home when sick. In addition, Metro Transit will be looking at additional steps to ensure the wellness of passengers and drivers.
Transit is a key part of the St. Louis transportation system. For many it is not a choice to shut down, however, the same precautions being taken to go anywhere must also be taken on transit to ensure the safety of both riders and operators. For more information: https://www.metrostlouis.org/health/