12 May Public Transportation in the Pandemic: What to Expect when …
Many people rely on public transportation to get from point A to point B on a regular basis. Through the pandemic, the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) has been offering its services to people in both Grand Traverse and Leelanau County. Not only are they offering a convenient mode of transportation but a *safe* mode of transportation.
Eric Lingaur, communications Manager for BATA says, “public transit is considered an essential service and so we are still providing essential trips for people to get to health and wellness appointments— things like dialysis and cancer treatment. We are still providing trips to the pharmacy, medical appointments, and to the grocery store.”
BATA is also taking a lot of safety measures to ensure both drivers and passengers can use public transportation safely. They’ve increased sanitation and disinfectant methods both on vehicles and at the transfer stations. Each passenger is also required to wear a face-covering when catching a ride.
BATA is also following CDC guidelines for practicing social distancing on the bus. “We are manually cordoning off every other seat so that people can’t sit directly right behind each other. We’ve also installed Safety screens separating the passenger area and the driver area to help kind of reduce some of that cross interaction just a little bit and help add another kind of layer of protection,” explains Lingaur.
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