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What You Need To Know To Ride the Bus

Lane Transit District (LTD) encourages all passengers to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy during this cold and flu season, particularly given the recent incidents of COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, reported in the Northwest.

How LTD Is Keeping You Safe

LTD cares about the health and safety of the community. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a team effort.

Here are some of the ways LTD is keeping bus operators, riders, and community safe:

Requiring use of a mask for everyone on LTD vehicles and facilities
While medical masks need to be saved for healthcare workers, health experts are now saying face coverings are helpful in reducing the spread of the virus. All riders are required to wear a hands-free paper or cloth mask covering their nose and mouth in order to board an LTD bus or enter an LTD facility.

Employee Temperature Screening
All LTD employees are temperature screened at the beginning of their shift and before entering any LTD facility. Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be sent home.

Encouraging essential trips only
This includes trips to essential work, grocery, to care for someone, medical and pharmacy. There are a lot of essential workers keeping our community going right now – to be sure we can adequately serve them, please stay off transit unless absolutely essential.

Limiting riders on buses – 20 people on a 40 foot/30 people on a 60 foot vehicle
This is to make sure people have enough space to spread out to prevent overcrowding. If a bus has 20/30 passengers (depending on size of bus) it will not pick up new passengers until someone exits. We’ll try to adjust service if buses are consistently full, but you may want to leave extra time for your trip.

Signage by seats to promote social distancing
LTD has installed signage on windows throughout the buses, to promote social distancing.

Sanitizing buses and facilities
Frequently touched surfaces are wiped down throughout the day and each night. You can help out by following best practices and not traveling when sick.

Temporarily suspending fare collection and boarding through the back doors
All of LTDs buses are now free to ride. To further reduce person-to-person exposure, riders should board through the rear door(s). For those needing to use the ramp, boarding at the front doors is acceptable.

Customer service hours
The LTD Customer Service is available by phone 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday at 541-687-5555. The waiting lobby and restrooms remain closed at this time. The closest public restrooms are located at 10th and Lincoln, and 8th and Oak St.

Continuing public meetings via video conferencing technology
The business of the District must continue. The Board of Directors will be holding public meetings using technology that provides them the ability to be remote, and the public the ability to stay involved.

Updating the LTD website and social media regularly with service information
Changes happen daily. LTD will do their best to communicate service changes, procedural changes, and ways to help keep everyone safe. Please check back regularly for updated information.

Following the guidance of authorities
The Oregon Health Authority is leading the response across Oregon, and we’re following their advice in terms of precautions and mitigation measures.

Eliminating the transportation of recycling on the bus
Due to social distancing requirements and Health-first concerns,  riders are not allowed to transport their recycling on the bus at this time.

Recommendations for Riding the Bus

When riding the bus, LTD suggests riders follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the exposure and spread of the coronavirus, including:

  • Keep three-feet away from passengers and six-feet away from operators (Per OHA Social Distancing guidelines).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.” 

Source: CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Other sourceshttps://lanecounty.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=16503774

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