CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Public Works – Office of Public Transportation will restore VITRAN’s fixed-route service starting Monday, October 5. Services will run from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday.
VITRAN has implemented new safety precautions to address the COVID-19 pandemic such as:
- The required use of protective masks for everyone riding VITRAN buses and waiting at bus stops;
- Sanitization of buses and bus facilities at the end of each route; and
- Installation of protective acrylic sheeting and hand sanitizer dispersers on all buses.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic evolved, VITRAN was forced to suspend fixed-route services for the protection of both transit employees and passengers,” Deputy Commissioner of Transportation Karole Ovesen-McGregor said. “With the restoration of fixed-route, and increased trips for Paratransit services, passengers should expect to see an increased level of transportation services across the territory.”
During the service suspension, VITRAN operation managers and supervisors re-trained Mass Transit bus operators in preparation for the restoration of fixed-route services.
Training topics included the use of RouteMatch tablets and in-route operation of buses, route surveys, ADA disability etiquette, wheelchairs lift operation, GenFare farebox operation, and other bus operator etiquette.