May 29, 2020
RTA Statement Regarding CDC’s Return-to-Work Guidelines
CLEVELAND, OH -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has been deemed an essential service by the CDC and the State of Ohio, and as such, continues to provide an essential 24/7 service to people who must get to medical appointments, the grocery store and essential jobs during the COVID-19 surge.
As more and more people return to work, RTA customers can rest assured that RTA remains committed to adhering to the cleaning protocols instituted even before one case of COVID-19 was reported in the State of Ohio, and to those safety measures adopted every day since.
RTA remains a safe, viable option for those who prefer public transportation or for those who have no other transportation option for their daily commutes.
In either case, we have been encouraging commuters from Day 1 to partner with RTA by adhering to social distancing guidelines, and to use their own face coverings, gloves, hand sanitizer and whatever else helps them feel safe while traveling, shopping or working with the general public.
To continue to assure the safety and health of both customers and operators, here are the additional safety measures underway:
- RTA will maintain its initial rigorous cleaning protocol that calls for the disinfection of all bus, rail, paratransit and transit police vehicles every 24-hours.
- RTA provides operators with their own disinfecting wipes so they can keep their own work areas clean.
- RTA provided all operators with face masks.
- It is mandatory for all operators and employees to wear face coverings while at work or while riding RTA, unless a physical need makes impedes the wearing of a face covering.
- RTA has added to its regular cleaning protocol the innovative Moonbeam3, an ultraviolet ray technology that disinfects all touchable and hard-to-reach surfaces inside all vehicles and office spaces.
- RTA installed clear vinyl shields on all RTA buses and paratansit vehicles to provide a protective barrier between operators and customers.
- Customers are being reminded to observe physical distancing when standing or sitting, whenever possible, and to remain behind the yellow line if needing to approach the operator, and to exit from the rear of the vehicle at all times.
Linda Scardilli Krecic