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“We’re spraying every part down, disinfecting excessive site visitors areas and ourselves,” Monroe County Public Transportation (MCPT) driver Victor Pittman described the elevated security protocols on the buses.
Earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, drivers routinely cleaned and disinfected the buses as soon as a day.
Now, the buses are nonetheless disinfected every day throughout the pre-trip inspection, Pittman stated.
Moreover, the seats and different contact areas are sprayed once more earlier than new riders come on board and after they’re dropped off at their vacation spot. Buses and drivers are being scheduled in order that, as a lot as potential, passengers can sit no less than six ft aside.
The drivers have been instructed to take care of a six-foot distance from passengers, and have obtained masks and gloves to put on. Drivers additionally ask everybody boarding the bus whether or not she or he has COVID-19 signs, resembling coughing or fever, or has had contact with anybody exhibiting these signs.
MCPT has maintained its open transportation routes all through the county throughout the pandemic. Any individual older than 18 might trip the bus, however minors have to be accompanied by an grownup.
Apart from the security precautions which have rapidly develop into normal process, Pittman famous that ridership had fallen not too long ago. As a result of native faculties have suspended courses and a few medical services have canceled appointments, a few of MCPT’s routes have been canceled. Passengers who would frequently have ridden to work in Woodsfield, are actually working from house or sheltering at house.
“It’s actually gotten quiet right here within the final weeks,” Pittman stated.
Till not too long ago, Pittman incessantly carried passengers to New Martinsville, West Virginia, to refill on provides at Walmart or to go to the pharmacy. With ridership down, he had been assigned to a fivehour route that primarily runs between Lewisville and Woodsfield. Since being interviewed, nevertheless, Pittman has returned to his earlier route.
Nevertheless, MCPT’s transport route for shoppers taking dialysis in New Martinsville has continued to run. Three days every week, the riders are dropped off within the morning on the dialysis heart. The motive force then runs one of many common MCPT bus routes earlier than returning to gather them.
Rides may be scheduled by calling the MCPT workplace at 740-472-2505. Commonplace one-way fares vary from $1.50 per grownup passenger driving an in-county path to $10 one-way for locations outdoors the county that aren’t on a regular route. Fares could also be decrease for seniors and disabled passengers and on shorter routes.
Some out-of-county journeys aren’t at present working because of the pandemic. These embrace lengthy purchasing journeys and particular outings to Amish nation. Nevertheless, important providers like medical journeys to locations like Columbus, Morgantown or Akron, are nonetheless being fulfilled utilizing the suitable security precautions.
Though same-day reservations could also be accepted on a space-and-time out there foundation, normally a 24-hour superior reservation is required. If the trip is for a medical appointment, letting the dispatcher know the time is useful for MCPT scheduling functions.
Extra details about MCPT’s transportation providers is out there on its web site.
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