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LTD Encourages Essential Trips Only

November 13, 2020

With Governor Kate Brown’s request that all Oregonians pause their social gatherings, travel, and other activities to combat COVID-19, Lane Transit District (LTD) is reminding passengers to only make essential trips aboard its buses for groceries, medical appointments, and other vital services.

The Governor’s pause begins Wednesday, Nov. 18, and is expected to end Wednesday, Dec. 2.

“During the next few weeks, the Governor is clear that Oregonians must recommit to following the four: wear a mask, social distance, wash hands, and no social gatherings of more than six people,” said Aurora Jackson, LTD’s general manager.  “LTD is asking passengers to take only essential trips and is committed to continuing its efforts to limit employee and passenger exposure to the virus.”

Jackson said LTD will continue to operate bus service on its current schedule.

Since March 2020, the District has taken a health-first approach to service by continuing to take many steps to limit bus operator and passenger exposure to COVID-19, including:

  • Buses are cleaned nightly with strong, but safe disinfectants.
  • District employees are regularly cleaning buses throughout the day at the Eugene and Springfield stations.
  • Passengers are required to enter and exit from the rear door of the bus until all buses have the barriers installed.
  • Passengers using the lift or who need assistance entering and exiting the bus can use the front door.
  • Passengers are required to wear hands-free face masks or covers over their nose and mouth.
  • Based on physical distancing requirements, LTD limits its 40-foot buses to 20 passengers and 60-foot buses to 30 passengers, which normally carry 50 and 80 passengers, respectively.
  • There is no fare charged to ride an LTD bus. Fare collection is expected to resume when driver barriers are in place.
  • Practicing a minimum of 3 feet of physical distancing from other passengers.

Other LTD measures include:

  • LTD employees have their temperatures taken before starting work each day and are sent home if they are sick.
  • Since early April, most of LTD’s administrative, marketing, planning, and finance teams have been required to work remotely until further notice.
  • Employees who do come to work are required to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing parameters, wash hands frequently, and observe other health precautions as outlined by the state of Oregon and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LTD asks passengers to follow health guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a hands-free mask or cover over nose and mouth.
  • 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 using the restroom; 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

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