The health and safety of our drivers and passengers are always our top priorities, and we are continuing to work closely with our contractors regarding the operations of the transit system during this pandemic.
As a public transportation agency supported by federal and local funds, the RTC has an obligation to make our service available to all members of our community.
Public transportation is an essential service and our drivers are considered essential staff. In addition to implementing enhanced cleaning practices and disinfecting of buses, we have provided our drivers with gloves and hand sanitizer. With the increased demand for PPE across the country, the RTC is working with our contractors to assist with securing face masks and face shields for all drivers. We have already provided 1,500 masks – 500 each to Keolis fixed route and MV fixed route and paratransit contractors –and continue to seek sources for additional masks. In addition, we ordered 1,500 face shields to help ensure every driver has access to one.
Enclosures were already in place to provide a barrier between drivers and passengers. Additionally, drivers have been instructed not to handle any money or passes from riders.