May 18th, 2024

Transit takes action to limit contact

By Jensen, Randy on March 24, 2020.

Riders get on a bus at the downtown transit terminal Monday as the City has suspended fares and having riders load at the back of buses as part of COVID-19 preventative measures. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald


Lethbridge Transit is instituting new preventative measures to limit contact between drivers and riders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone needing to use Transit is now asked to load at the back of the bus and riders will not be required to pay a fare. Both measures will limit interactions between drivers and the public and promote social distancing.

“We recognize the need to continue operating Lethbridge Transit as an essential City service,” says Jody Meli, City Manager, in a release. “Some of our residents rely on Transit to access necessary services and supplies. What we want to emphasize to the community is that Transit is there if you absolutely need it and should be limited to essential travel only.”

Anyone with special mobility or accessibility needs will still be allowed to access the bus from the front entrance in order to use the ramp.

For the safety of everyone it is also asked that passengers stay at least two metres away from each other and drivers. Given the lower-than-usual volume of riders at this time, this should be easy to achieve on all buses.

The City continues to clean buses daily, wiping down all touched surfaces and continuing with regular disinfectant fogging treatments.

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