04 Apr Yolobus implements rear-door only board and no fair collect…
In response to the novel coronavirus shelter-in-place order Yolobus continues to make adjustments to help the community and keep Yolobus operators safe.
In an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic, until further notice, Yolobus is implementing rear-door boarding and exiting for its fixed-route services for all passengers able to board independently.
Only ADA passengers and riders needing assistance will be able to board through the front doors, according to a spokesman for Yolobus.
Additionally, due to the farebox location at the front of the bus, all rides on these routes will be complimentary for the protection of the drivers and passengers.
Bus riders are being aked to stay or sit 6-feet from other passengers upon boarding.
“Yolobus salutes its dedicated drivers, no matter the time, day, or conditions, Yolobus drivers are out on the roads daily, making sure customers get where they need to go,” stated Terry Bassett, executive director of Yolobus. “Rear-door boarding helps bus operators to maintain social distancing.”
“We are making every effort to keep essential transportation services available to the communities we serve,” added Bassett. “We are extremely proud of our Yolobus operators that have opted to continue to drive for us during the pandemic and are helping customers access jobs, food, and other necessities allowed under the Governor’s call to shelter-in-place.”
In addition to its rider services, during the coronavirus pandemic, Yolobus is actively involved in the delivery of food boxes to up to 90 homeless individuals temporarily housed in motels in Woodland, Davis, and West Sacramento under the shelter-in-place order.
The effort is in coordination with Yolo Food Bank, Yolo County Emergency Operations Center and the Health and Human Services Agency.
During the pandemic, Yolobus Special paratransit services has also stepped up to temporarily replace Community Care Car, a nonprofit that offers transportation services to Woodland seniors, Bassett noted.
Service to seniors within Woodland will be provided for essential trips on a space-available basis. Woodland seniors are asked to call 666-2877 for more information and to request transportation services. All Yolobus Special and YOUR Ride services will be fare-free and available until further notice.
“For their hard work all year long, Yolobus acknowledges its more than 75 transit drivers, safely operating extra-large vehicles through tight roadways, unpredictable traffic, and ever-changing road conditions,” Bassett stated. “Be sure to give a wave or air-high-five to show appreciation to Yolobus operators!”
On March 23, Yolobus and Transdev, the agency’s bus contractor, reduced service to a Saturday schedule with some expanded bus service on specific routes. Operation continues because many essential workers use Yolobus to get to jobs and others depend on bus service for essential travel included in the COVID-19 shelter-in-place mandates to secure food, health care, meals, safety, and medical necessities.