Operating a public transit system under the constraints of a pandemic and navigating the impacts has been a challenge. Currently, about 34% of our front-line staff are off work due to COVID-19-related issues. Thankfully, we have not had anyone on the job test positive. We know transit employees at other systems have tested positive. Sadly, many agencies have reported serious illnesses and deaths among their co-workers.
In our ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect our passengers, employees, and community from associated COVID-19 illness, Intercity Transit has made adjustments to our services. We are following Governor Inslee's "Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan" closely and are evaluating when fixed route service can be restored.
Intercity Transit is closely monitoring developments with respect to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The safety of our customers and our employees is our top priority and we are following the professional guidance of our public health officials. Preventing future cases requires all of us to do our part.
Along with cleaning our buses nightly, we are researching additional cleaning protocols.