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Metro bus service is back with some new precautions

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-28 23:34:15-04

CINCINNATI — Metro bus service is back in full swing Sunday after shutting down some of their services due to the pandemic.

Every bus has a plexiglass divider to separate the driver and passengers. It’s the only physically visible modification made to the bus, but it’s not the only thing being done to keep riders safe from COVID-19.

According to Metro, every bus is thoroughly washed and sprayed down with a chlorinated disinfectant that kills the COVID-19 virus.

Metro gives a little over 13 million rides a year, so it’s critical for them to provide full service as more industries start reopening, but Metro vice president of external affairs Brandy Jones said it’s just as critical to keep people safe.

“We heard a lot of feedback from our customers and from businesses who’ve said, ‘Hey, my employees depend on Metro to get to work. My customers depend on buses to get to my front door.’ So, we wanted to make sure that we were being a service to our community and implementing service that meets everyone’s needs,” Jones said.

Bus drivers will monitor bus capacity and if they feel like it’s too full, they will call for a sub-bus. Metro is also asking passengers to practice social distancing of six feet and to use the transit app EZfare so there’s as little physical contact as possible.

Metro is also encouraging riders to wear a mask while riding. Free masks will be handed out Monday between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at the Government Square bus stop.