Transit agencies across the country are stepping up to ensure vital service while taking safety precautions for staff and riders alike during the COVID-19 outbreak. Metro Transit in St. Louis is constantly reviewing and tweaking protocols to do just that. Metro Transit is delivering vital service for essential employees including healthcare workers, doctors, first responders, and other essential employees.
“Transit is essential to our communities, and as providers continue to look for ways to provide service in this ever-changing environment, we as supporters must ask our Congressional delegations to support transit in their COVID-19 relief packages. While ridership may be down now, transit will be even more essential as we get back to the job of building safe, prosperous and economically productive communities,” said Kim Cella, CMT executive director.
Today, Metro Transit began temperature screening all employees and distributing wrist bands for those who’s temperatures are “good to go.” In addition, orange lines have been added on buses and trains to promote social distancing from the operators. There is no longer cash fare accepted on buses to eliminate contact, and rear doors are being opened for access. Signage throughout the system is calling for social distancing for riders.