Yamhill County Transit Response to COVID 19

Yamhill County – March 27, 2020

Yamhill County Transit (YCT) is still operating all services, commuter, local fixed routes and demand response services. The COVID-19 Pandemic is taking its toll on YCT ridership. Ridership is down 60% and staffing levels are at 75%. Yamhill County Transit truly appreciates that most riders are doing their part to limit exposure and staying home according to federal and local authorities’ requests.

The Yamhill County Transit team is meeting weekly to assess the current situation and to review data. All transit vehicles in service are being cleaned frequently with disinfectant throughout the day and every evening in preparation for the next day.

YCT is considering the first round of service adjustments in response to COVID-19. The Board of Directors will be asked to approve the following service changes at their April 2nd board meeting. YCT will notify the public, stakeholders and local jurisdictions prior to implementation.

April 6, 2020 Proposed Service Adjustments:

  1. Temporarily discontinue Newberg local fixed routes 5 and 7. Demand Response services will be available to cover rider demand so no one will be left without a way to get to the Dr. or grocery store.
  2. Temporarily discontinue first trip in the morning on Routes 33 (5:55 am) and 44 (6:20 am)
  3. Temporarily implement a fare free system until the Governor ends the Stay at Home order.

Revenue:
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $25 billion in funds needed for essential public transportation services. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced increased flexibility to help transit agencies respond to Coronavirus. In states where the Governor has declared an emergency, transit agencies may use federal formula funds for emergency related capital and operating expenses. In addition, it raises the cap on the federal governments share of those expenses.

There are also proposals at the State level to offer flexibility with State funding for transit.

The County and First Transit policies and protocols are built around providing the safest environment for the health and safety of our customers, employees, and partners.

We continue to stay in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities to stay up to date with information.

The Centers for Disease Control website has excellent guidance for individuals, families, businesses and high risk groups. The links below provide additional guidance that may be helpful.

Please remember to adhere to social distancing as much as possible when riding the bus. YCT dispatchers when scheduling rides for demand response services may ask questions to ensure customers are not traveling with symptoms.

Please watch for weekly updates on Ycbus.org and the Rider Facebook page YCbus Info.

Yamhill County Transit Response to COVID 19

March 23, 2020

Yamhill County Transit (YCT) will continue to operate commuter, local fixed routes and demand response services for as long as possible during this COVID 19 pandemic. 

Ridership is down more than 50% and we appreciate that most riders are doing their part to limit exposure and staying home according to federal and local authorities’ requests.

Yamhill County is in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities to stay up to date with information. The Oregon Health Authority  is leading the response across Oregon, and we are following their direction in terms of precautions and mitigation measures.

In addition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, YCT is developing a Contagious Disease Response Plan to ensure services are available to those who need to get to work, to the grocery store and the doctor and may have no other way to get there.

The County and First Transit policies and protocols are built around providing the safest environment for the health and safety of our customers, employees, and partners.

Yamhill County Transit is very thankful to First Transit staff for being there in this time of need.  This is a difficult time for everyone, and we will do our best to keep you informed as we monitor the situation daily. 

YCT will provide updates on our website and Facebook Rider page weekly.

When customers are scheduling rides for Dial-A-Ride and Paratransit the dispatchers may ask questions to ensure customers are not traveling with symptoms.

We strongly urge riders to do their best to maintain the social distancing as much as possible even when riding the bus, keep as much distance as possible.

YCT will post the Yamhill County Transit Contagious Diseases Response Plan on our website as soon as possible. Please watch for weekly updates on YCbus.org and the Rider Facebook page YCbus Info.

How we're combatting coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 17, 2020

Yamhill County Transit response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The YCT team is closely watching developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Currently, the number of confirmed cases in Oregon is relatively small. Yamhill County is in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities to stay up to date with information. The Oregon Health Authority is leading the response across Oregon, and we are following their direction in terms of precautions and mitigation measures.

To respond and help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Yamhill County and First Transit staff are enhancing some of their procedures to clean our vehicles and facilities.

Maintenance staff will disinfect all common touch points on all vehicles and facilities. As an extra level of precaution, each evening our vehicles will be wiped and sprayed with a virus-­killing disinfectant solution. However, it is important to keep in mind that the surfaces where people touch should never be considered completely sanitized. Surfaces are only clean until someone touches it or coughs/sneezes nearby.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these precautions to protect against coronavirus, and we urge our riders to follow them:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands or gloves.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If the situation changes, we’ll work with health authorities to keep riders and employees safe. We will keep riders updated here on this page.

Follow us on Facebook and at YCbus Info for route and schedule updates.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Use the links below to find accurate information about this situation and do your part to help stop the spread of this coronavirus:

Twitter
@OHAOregon
@CDCgov

Facebook
Oregon Health Authority
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Web
Oregon Health Authority
Yamhill County Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ODOT-Rail and Public Transit Division COVID-19 Info

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March 23rd, 5:52 pm

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How we’re combatting coronavirus (COVID-19)
Yamhill County Transit response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The YCT team is closely watching developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Currently, the number of confirmed cases in Oregon is relatively small. Yamhill County is in close contact with local, state, and national health authorities to stay up to date with information. The Oregon Health Authority is leading the response across Oregon, and we are following their direction in terms of precautions and mitigation measures.
To respond and help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Yamhill County and First Transit staff are enhancing some of their procedures to clean our vehicles and facilities. Maintenance staff will disinfect all common touch points on all vehicles and facilities. As an extra level of precaution, each evening our vehicles will be wiped and sprayed with a virus-¬killing disinfectant solution. However, it is important to keep in mind that the surfaces where people touch should never be considered completely sanitized. Surfaces are only clean until someone touches it or coughs/sneezes nearby.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends these precautions to protect against coronavirus, and we urge our riders to follow them:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands or gloves.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
• Stay home when you are sick.
If the situation changes, we’ll work with health authorities to keep riders and employees safe. We will keep riders updated here on this page. Follow us on Facebook at YCbus Info for route and schedule updates.
Use the links below to find accurate information about this situation and do your part to help stop the spread of this coronavirus:
Twitter
@OHAOregon
@CDCgov
Facebook
Oregon Health Authority
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Web
Oregon Health Authority
Yamhill County Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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