TheRide announces increased social distancing on buses over coronavirus fears

An AAATA bus simulates deboarding of passengers with mobility devices at University of Michigan's Mcity on March 26, 2019 (Photo: Meredith Bruckner)

ANN ARBOR – TheRide has announced new social distancing measures in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

From signs to keep riders separated to a maximum capacity of 15 riders, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is taking extra precautions to keep its riders and drivers safe.

The new measures include:

  • Signs to keep riders 6 feet from each other are on bus seats, on benches, buildings and shelters at Transit Centers
  • A yellow line on the bus floor marks 6 feet between the driver and riders
  • Each bus is now at full capacity when 15 riders have boarded. The driver will contact a dispatcher to send another bus to serve remaining passengers along the route
  • Riders are to board from the rear door unless they need to use the ramp
  • The Blake and Ypsilanti Transit Centers and the front desk at 2700 S. Industrial are temporarily closed
  • Fares are not being collected

Riders are asked to:

  • Avoid those who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public

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About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.