Transit companies adjust to coronavirus

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With the coronavirus outbreak affecting ridership and the safety of their drivers, local bus companies Unitrans and Yolobus have announced measures during the emergency.

Starting March 18, Unitrans, the city of Davis and UC Davis public transportation system, will be operating its buses on the weekend service schedule through at least March 27.

On weekdays, service will start at 7 a.m. Service will operate only on the G, K, M, P, Q, O and V-MU lines.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, Unitrans is taking the following measures:

* Maintenance staff is sanitizing all interior bus surfaces at the end of each day.

* Drivers and conductors are instructed to wipe down their work space at the start of their shifts

* Drivers and conductors may refuse to handle cash or 10-ride tickets. Follow driver and conductor instructions on placing cash and 10-ride ticket stubs into the farebox.

Meanwhile, with the exception of its service to the Adult Day Health Care Center, Yolobus and its contractor Transdev will continue to operate all existing bus service. The situation could change, depending on what the Yolo County Emergency Operations Center and the Yolo County Public Health Officer instructs the company to do.

Yolobus asks riders that are sick to stay home. When onboard the bus, riders should practice social distancing whenever possible.

After reviewing guidance from the Center for Disease Control  and recommendations from the American Public Transit Association, Yolobus and Transdev will:

* Disinfect daily all major “touch” surfaces on each Yolobus, including door and seat grab rails, stanchions, grab straps, chime cords and fareboxes.

* Frequently disinfect other surfaces that Transdev employees encounter, such as door handles, employee break room furniture, counters, telephones, keyboards, ear and mouthpieces, restroom faucet and flush handles and handrails throughout its facility.


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