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OmniRide's Coronavirus Preparation

Posted: 03/16/2020

OmniRide passengers may wonder what steps are being taken to keep OmniRide buses and Transit Center clean and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In consultation with the OmniRide has been monitoring the situation daily and started consulting with the Virginia Department of Health and other regional transit agencies OmniRide has implemented several measures to ensure the safety of our riders and staff.

Here’s what OmniRide is doing to protect riders and staff:

  • Wiping down each bus interior daily, focusing on common areas such a handrails, arm rests, seat backs, and the bus operator’s compartment.
  • Performing enhanced cleaning once a week on all buses.
  • Upgraded the strength of cleaning products used on the bus fleet.
  • Cleaning Transit Center common areas daily.  Counter transactions have been suspended and the lobby has been closed.
  • When possible, drivers are limiting the number of passengers to 10 at a time. Limiting the number of passengers on each bus helps riders to avoid close contact with each other and helps to ensure social distancing.
  • Distributed hand sanitizer and Lysol disinfecting wipes to all office staff and placed hand sanitizer in transit center lobby.
  • Following CDC guidelines, reminding all staff (including bus operators) to stay home when ill and generally practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of all types of illness.
  • Collaborating with Prince William County staff on illness updates and the impact to our local area.
  • Adjusted service levels, in response to reduced ridership.
  • Continuing to monitor the response of other transit agencies in the region.

OmniRide understands that even in a pandemic reliable transit service is vital to the community.  We will do our best to provide safe travel options.