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MCT COVID-19 News
At Madison County Transit (MCT) the health and safety of our passengers, employees, and communities we serve is paramount. Therefore, in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) MCT is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and is staying in frequent contact with the Madison County Health Department (MCHD), sharing information with and making adjustments to how we serve the public as needed.
MCT is Operating at a Modified Service Level
What MCT is Doing to Keep Employees and Passengers Safe
MCT is requiring all passengers to wear a mask or face covering beginning Thursday, May 7, 2020
- MCT is limiting the amount of riders on each bus to 50 percent capacity to allow for proper social distancing. For busy routes, a second bus will be arranged to transport additional riders.
MCT drivers will serve as “assistants” helping to clean the bus mid-route as passengers get on and off. This ensures the health and safety of drivers and passengers during this period of reduced service, and keeps the entire driver workforce employed.
- MCT is urging passengers to limit travel to essential trips only, wear a mask or face covering, and practice social distancing when riding.
Passengers are encouraged to enter and exit the bus using the rear door when possible.
- MCT is temporarily closing all transfer stations (Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Granite City, and Wood River). The stations will still serve as transfer points, but the buildings will be closed to the public.
- MCT’s base of operations in Granite City is temporarily closing to the public.
- We are continuing to clean and disinfect buses each night, especially commonly used surfaces such as handrails, seat backs, grab bars, and stanchions. (Keep in mind that once a surface is touched it is no longer sanitized.)
- We have added staff to disinfect surfaces at the MCT Base of Operations including doorknobs, tables, railings, vending machines, etc.
- We are distributing disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves to employees, especially drivers.
- We have increased efforts to disinfect the inside of driver relief vehicles.
- We have removed all timetables and other paper materials from the buses, as they are often used and then placed back on the rack. (All schedules can be found online at www.mct.org).
- Distributing information at the Base and on the buses from the CDC and the Illinois Dept. of Health about ways that individuals can stay healthy.
What You Can Do to Stay Safe:
Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and can keep themselves, their loved ones, and others safe by following recommendations from the CDC and other health experts:
- Limit travel to essential trips only.
- Wear a face mask or covering when riding transit, or out in public.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Disinfect shared surfaces and frequently touched objects
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze, be sure to do so in your arm or a tissue
- Stay home if you feel COVID-19 symptoms (fever and upper respiratory symptoms)
- Practice social distancing
As new information comes available our plans could change. Please check back frequently for new updates. We are prepared to implement additional measures, should the situation progress.