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METRO Bus Operators, Contract Drivers, Fare Inspector Among Latest COVID-19 Cases

METRO has received confirmation five bus operators, four First Transit contract drivers, two Yellow Cab contract drivers, a fare inspector, two mechanics, a customer service representative, and a METROLift reservations operator have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of cases to 126 METRO employees and 36 contractors since March 2020. Fifty-nine of the employees had no contact with the public. METRO tracks and reports all positive cases among its 4200 employees and the various contractors who provide services to METRO. We are also conducting temperature checks of employees and others before they begin their workday at METRO facilities or on our vehicles. The first bus operator last worked July 3 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:117The second bus operator last worked July 7 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:119The third bus operator last worked July 2 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:new tableThe fourth bus operator last worked July 8 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:125 newThe fifth bus operator last worked July 11 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:
126 againA First Transit contract bus operator last provided services for METRO July 14 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:table new againAnother First Transit contract bus operator last provided services for METRO July 13 and in the two weeks prior, drove the following routes:table 3 new*The charts above reflect the days the operators were on duty two weeks prior to their last days on the job.One First Transit contract driver for METROLift provided services June 23, 18-15 and 12-11. The  other First Transit contract driver for METROLift provided services July 2 and 1 and June 30, 26- 23 and 19.One of the Yellow Cab contract drivers provided services for METROLift July 9, 8, 7, 6, 2 and June 29. The other Yellow Cab contract driver provided services for METROLift July 4, 2,1 and June 30- 27 .METROLift is an on-demand service and does not operate specific routes.The fare inspector’s last day on the job was July 10. That employee worked at rail stations along the Red Line.Fare inspector scheduleOne mechanic last worked July 2 and the other mechanic last worked on June 29. The METROLift reservations operator last worked June 30, and the customer service representative has worked from home since March 22. None of them had contact with the public.Anyone who comes in contact with an individual who tests positive should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as you develop any symptoms, and self-isolate to avoid possibly exposing others, including refraining from using public transportation.METRO is working with public health officials so they can identify and notify anyone who traveled the routes driven by the bus operators during those time frames as well as anyone else who may have been impacted by the latest positive cases.Since mid-March, METRO has sought to minimize the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission by operators or passengers by encouraging social distancing. On March 23, the agency temporarily suspended collecting fares to avoid unnecessary contacts.  Shortly thereafter, orange mesh fencing was installed across the aisles of every local bus to assure appropriate distancing between operators and passengers.More safety upgrades are also being added to ​buses, trains and METROLift vehicles. Operators and riders will now have access to hand sanitizer while on board and protective shields around drivers’ seats will provide another layer of separation between operators and the public. Operators and riders are required to wear a face covering while on the system.We appreciate and greatly value our riders. We have taken many actions, including working with the community at large, to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. To prevent or minimize its transmission on the transit system, METRO asks all riders to use the system only for essential trips at this time,  practice social distancing when you do ride transit (i.e., stand or sit at least 6 feet apart, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, wash your hands for 20 seconds before boarding transit and after deboarding, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your elbow, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and stay home if you are sick). Additionally, riders should stand or sit no closer than six feet behind the driver. METRO’s number one priority is protecting the health and safety of our customers, community and employees