MDOT MTA to bring back ser­vices un­der COVID-19 stage 2

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION -

Ef­fec­tive Sun­day, July 12, the Mary­land De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Mary­land Tran­sit Administra­tion (MDOT MTA) will be­gin tran­si­tion­ing from the ser­vice re­duc­tions first im­ple­mented March 17 un­der the COVID-19 health emer­gency to more nor­mal tran­sit sched­ules.

With the grad­ual re­open­ing of work­places, busi­nesses and per­sonal ser­vices un­der Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan’s Mary­land Strong: Roadmap to Re­cov­ery plan, this re­sump­tion of ser­vice will con­tinue to sup­port es­sen­tial work­ers and health­care per­son­nel in ad­di­tion to those rid­ers re­turn­ing to work and nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties. A com­plete list of ser­vice changes is avail­able at mta.mary­ coro­n­avirus.

“MDOT MTA rec­og­nizes the vi­tal role tran­sit plays in pro­vid­ing ac­cess to jobs, schools, health­care and recre­ation to the Bal­ti­more re­gion,” said MDOT MTA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Kevin Quinn.

“As MDOT MTA re­sumes more nor­mal tran­sit ser­vice, we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure the safety of our rid­ers and em­ploy­ees re­mains our high­est pri­or­ity.”

To con­tinue to mit­i­gate the spread of COVID-19, MDOT

MTA re­minds all rid­ers that face cov­er­ings are re­quired when rid­ing tran­sit. To en­sure rid­ers have ac­cess to face cov­er­ings, MDOT MTA is dis­tribut­ing 89,000 cloth face cov­er­ings re­ceived from the U.S. De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion Fed­eral Tran­sit Administra­tion at tran­sit lo­ca­tions through­out the Bal­ti­more area.

In an­other ef­fort to pro­tect MDOT MTA front­line work­ers, bus op­er­a­tors will con­tinue to de­ploy the driver shields to cre­ate an ad­di­tional bar­rier be­tween them­selves and rid­ers, and all op­er­a­tors will wear per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment in­clud­ing face cov­er­ings.

MDOT MTA also will con­tinue en­hanced dis­in­fect­ing pro­ce­dures of all ve­hi­cles and sta­tions in­clud­ing high-pas­sen­ger touch­point ar­eas. In ad­di­tion to clean­ing, MDOT MTA is up­dat­ing fea­tures to in­clude retrofitti­ng buses with plas­tic seats and air ion­iz­ers that will fur­ther clean the air inside the bus.

To op­ti­mize the ef­fec­tive­ness of our ef­forts, we ask our rid­ers to do their part as well by con­tin­u­ing to fol­low com­mon­sense rec­om­men­da­tions from the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion:

Prac­tice so­cial dis­tanc­ing when­ever pos­si­ble.

Wash your hands as soon as pos­si­ble after touch­ing any sur­face that oth­ers do, and keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.

Avoid con­tact with any­one who ex­hibits flu symp­toms such as cough­ing, sneez­ing or dif­fi­culty breath­ing.

Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm in­stead of your hand, and if you use a tis­sue, throw it away im­me­di­ately.

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