BJCTA Announces Plans To Address the Coronavirus
BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 13, 2020)- As the coronavirus continues to be a threat globally, MAX Transit is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our customers and employees. To that end, a safety memo was sent to both customers and employees on March 3, 2020 to share ways to protect oneself from the virus. (see attached).
The agency has also taken extra precautions to ensure that our facilities and fleet are clean and hygienic. This includes daily cleaning of all buses and facilities with extra disinfectants to prevent the spread of any viruses. Plans are to put portable hand sanitizer dispensers on the buses which is already present at facilities.
Listed below are the steps that our staff takes to clean buses and facilities:
• Wear gloves while sanitizing and cleaning the interior of the bus equipment or handling waste products such as tissues/napkins.
• Follow the recommended bus/equipment cleaning procedures including using a 1-3% bleach solution with anti-viral agents to disinfect surfaces.
• All passenger furniture, armrests, door handles, lavatory surfaces, handrails, and environmental surfaces are cleaned using bleach solutions.
As it relates to our employees, we encourage them to follow the guidelines as detailed on the attached safety memo. In addition, we are providing refillable hand sanitizer dispensers and disposable gloves. “We are concerned about the welfare of our employees and customers so we will consistently review and adhere to the recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and the Alabama Department of Public Health”, says Frank T. Martin Executive Director and CEO of BJCTA. “There are no plans currently to suspend bus service. Should that occur, BJCTA will notify the public properly.”
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority is the public transportation leader in Central Alabama. The Authority averages three million riders per year and has close to 300 employees. For more information, visit www.maxtransit.org.