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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 Operating Saturday Level Service Until Futher Notice
As a result of significant declines in ridership due to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) effective Sunday, March 29 all MCT routes will operate on a modified Saturday service level 7 days a week until further notice. This means that MCT will not operate express routes that serve St. Louis, and there will be no Sunday level service until further notice. MCT will operate a Saturday schedule for all routes, with the addition of the #13 Troy-Glen Carbon and the #20X Gateway Commerce Center Express.
What MCT is Doing to Keep Employees and Passengers Safe
- MCT Fixed-Route buses and Runabout paratransit buses will temporarily be suspending fares until further notice to practice social distancing and reduce interaction between passengers and drivers.
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 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:
- 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.