The Rapid joins public safety pledge

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Courtesy The Rapid

The Rapid announced it joined the American Public Transportation Association’s Health and Safety Commitments Program.

By signing on to the APTA Health and Safety Commitments Program with more than 100 public transit systems, The Rapid and the public transit industry are actively working to instill confidence in riders that it is committed to protecting their health and safety.

The program was developed after asking transit users from across the country what measures would make them feel more confident riding public transportation amid concerns about COVID-19. From this research, the industry identified four key areas that transit systems need to address to earn riders’ confidence:

  • Following public health guidelines from official sources
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles frequently and requiring face coverings and other protections
  • Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride
  • Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rapid has remained a lifeline to accessing jobs, food and medical appointments throughout the community,” said Steve Schipper, interim chief operating officer at The Rapid. “Our participation in this program is a testament to The Rapid’s commitment to the safety of our customers and employees.”

The Rapid’s current safety measures include:

  • Following state and local health guidance from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the CDC and the Kent County Health Department
  • Requiring riders and bus operators to wear masks
  • Cleaning and disinfection of vehicles every night
  • Disinfection of high-contact areas on all vehicles during peak travel times at main transit hubs
  • Signage, audio announcements and social media communicating health and safety messages
  • Requiring daily employee and visitor self-assessment for temperature, symptoms and exposure
  • Distribution of more than 10,000 masks to riders

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