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Chapel Hill Transit to modify service

Post Date:03/17/2020 5:00 PM
 V route in Southern Village

Beginning Thursday, March 19, Chapel Hill Transit will run a modified schedule Monday through Saturday, outlined below. No fixed route service will be available on Sunday. Chapel Hill Transit is reducing service at the advice of public health officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19  in our community.

The modified schedule will run Monday through Saturday using the following routes and schedules:

Learn more about our current service levels at: Covid-19 Update

Chapel Hill Transit is instituting new policies to help encourage social distancing while taking transit, including strict enforcement of the standee line and a new rear boarding policy. People with accessibility needs may still board through the front door. Typically, when you board through the front door, the layout of the bus guides you into close proximity with the transit operator.  Boarding through the rear allows passengers the ability to board the bus in a more open space. Chapel Hill Transit also encourages customers to spread out while on the bus and follow CDC approved safety guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Chapel Hill Transit is committed to the safety of our customers and operators. We have increased vehicle cleaning frequency to ensure each vehicle is cleaned and disinfected daily and hired additional staff to support those efforts.

"We don't make this decision lightly," said Brian Litchfield, transit director, "We know that many people in our community rely on our services to get to work, especially doctors, nurses and other staff at the hospitals. We hope this changes in service is short-lived and that we will be able to return to normal service as soon as possible."

Chapel Hill Transit is closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the emergency management services, public health officials and our partners at the UNC-Chapel Hill. Community members and Chapel Hill Transit customers should sign up for service alerts and follow us on Twitter to get the most up to date information as more changes may be needed in the future.

Chapel Hill Transit's administrative offices will be closed to the general public starting Thursday, March 19. Lost and found will be  available by appointment. Customers can call 919.969.4901 from 9 a.m. to  5 p.m.

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Riding Tips: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Take advantage of a less-crowded bus and practice social distancing, maintaining at least six feet of distance between other passengers and the operator.
  • If you are able, arrive at your bus stop earlier to allow yourself options if the bus you are attempting to catch is more full than you are comfortable.
  • Ensure you are practicing good personal hygiene
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If worse comes to worse, use your elbow or a piece of clothing to avoid contaminating your hands or the air around you
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces
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