SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — SporTran has decided to reduce its services once again following a recent spike in positive coronavirus cases.
SporTran officials announced Thursday that as a result of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the state, region, and SporTran’s own staff, the transit service will return to its Enhanced Alternative Schedule, which reduces all fixed-route and LiftLine services beginning Monday, July 13.
In addition to the reduced services, SporTran will also close Sunday, July 12 to thoroughly clean its fleet.
CEO Dinero Washington said, “SporTran has seen as many employees infected with COVID-19 in the last two weeks as we did in the entire 3 months we ran our reduced schedule during Phase 1. Our priority throughout this pandemic has been to protect our valued employees and passengers. With the numbers rising locally, we are committed to doing our part to slow the spread.”
Every passenger will be required to wear face coverings at all bus stops, facilities, and onboard vehicles. Social distancing measures are also in place. The maximum number of passengers allowed on standard buses is 17. For smaller cut-away vehicles, maximum occupancy is 10.
Fixed Route Service:
- Starting Monday, all buses will operate on an Enhanced Alternative Schedule.
- Sunday schedules will remain the same.
- Please visit sportran.org to access all route schedules and timetables.
- LiftLine services will continue to operate in order to meet the needs of the community.
- To assist in keeping the community safe, paratransit riders should prioritize reservations.
- Life-sustaining reservations will take priority at this time, followed by nutrition.
- We ask passengers to limit the number of recreation-based trips for their safety and the safety of our operators.
Closed Sunday, July 12 for Cleaning
SporTran facilities and bus service will be closed Sunday, July 12, 2020, for cleaning. The entire SporTran fleet and all facilities will be thoroughly disinfected using cleaning supplies and methods in accordance with CDC guidelines. SporTran also closed for deep cleaning Sundays, April 12 and May 17, 2020. Those closures and the closure this Sunday are added measures; SporTran buses and facilities are sanitized multiple times each day and deep cleaned every night.
Current Preventative Methods:
- Since quarantine began, SporTran transportation and administrative staff have adhered to the following preventative measures from the CDC: regular hand washing and hand sanitizer use, social distancing, telework when possible, and staying home when ill.
- Drivers and staff are equipped with PPE such as face masks and gloves, and the organization’s intensified bus and facility cleaning efforts continue.
- In addition to its nightly deep cleaning, SporTran disinfects buses and paratransit vehicles every 35 minutes with an HOCL-based product on high touch areas, including all railings, seats, the operator area, and fareboxes.
- The public is also directed to practice social distancing in all SporTran vehicles and facilities.