Public transit is vital to our communities, a safe and reliable service that millions of Virginians count on to get to work and to run essential errands. This month, the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) seeks to highlight all of the steps that transit agencies across Virginia are taking to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as important, we’re thanking transit agencies and workers for keeping our state moving in difficult times.
Each week on our Facebook page, we’ll shine a light on a different part of public transportation, including:
In response to COVID-19, transit agencies across Virginia have made changes to keep customers and employees safe. These changes include increased cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles; suspension of some routes and stops; temporary closure of some stations; free fares; and changes in the way that passengers board buses.
A study conducted by the American Public Transportation Association found the following:
There are several possible explanations for the lack of correlation between public transit ridership and COVID-19 cases. Mainly, it appears that what you do once you reach your destination affects the probability of contracting the virus far more than the mode of travel.
For more information on staying safe while commuting, download DRPT’s Commuting Safely and Confidently: Tips for Businesses and Commuters in the COVID-19 Environment.
To learn about changes to the transit service in your area, visit DRPT’s Service Locator.