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LTD buses remain in service despite new executive order

Officials with Lane Transit District say as of now they have no plans to suspend bus services since Governor Brown's executive order.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 7:56 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- As of now, the Lane Transit District has no plans to suspend bus service after Gov. Kate Brown's stay at home order, officials said.

Pat Walsh with LTD said they are doing everything they can to keep the buses clean and sanitary, even going so far as making sure each bus is wiped down after stopping.

"In the afternoons as they come into the Eugene, Springfield, and Willow Creek stations they are using some safe but highly effective disinfectant to wipe down as many of the hard surfaces they can before they go back into the community," said Walsh.

A regular bus rider said he noticed the new safety measures being used right when he stepped on the bus.

"As soon as I got on the bus the driver had a mask on and everybody was keeping a few feet from each other," Nick Bernardo said. 

Bernardo said other riders seem tense and worried about picking up the virus.

"People putting their feet, their dirty shoes, bringing their bottles and cans, and most places won't take your bottles and cans back now for obvious reasons," said Linda Craig, bus rider. 

Craig said the buses are now cleaner than ever. She is just concerned about the sanitation of those riding in them. 

Bus riders are required to enter and exit the bus through the back. Meanwhile, officials at Lane County Public Health say people shouldn't ride the bus at all unless they have no choice.

"I think the most important thing is to really identify whether you need to take the trip or not," Walsh said. 

Walsh said if you do require public transportation, you should continue to check LTD 's website for potential changes in the coming days.

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