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CDTA modifies routes to connect to essential services and businesses

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 30, 2020 11:37 AM
Created: March 30, 2020 11:14 AM

CDTA has been making changes all month long due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, CDTA changed their schedule, so the weekday schedule now operates on a Saturday schedule. It is not a complete normal Saturday schedule; CDTA adjusted the schedule to include some essential stops like grocery stores and hospitals.

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CDTA plans to expand even further.

Starting Monday, CDTA will increase the frequency and hours of operations for critical routes that service hospitals, medical facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses. They’ve also made some changes to their Northway Express commuter service.

Part of adding those extra stops is because they are also continuing to implement social distancing. While people were asked to social distance themselves, it is now going to be monitored more—keeping people six feet apart from other passengers and the driver. However, priority seating will remain open. The CDTA says it is not to be used unless absolutely necessary.

CDTA is also stepping up cleaning during the pandemic. They use hospital-grade sanitizer, and they give wipes to the bus drivers to wipe down their work stations. CDTA is also providing drivers with masks and gloves. CDTA says they try and clean the busses throughout the day during breaks within a route.

Governor Cuomo says people should really not be riding public transportation unless it is absolutely necessary.

More information about the changes CDTA is making can be found here.


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