Capital Area Transit (CAT) has installed new signage on board its Fixed Route vehicles to welcome riders back and to promote an inclusive riding experience for everyone. The bright, clear message of “Let’s Ride Together,” displayed in both English and Spanish, reminds riders to take safety precautions as we continue to fight COVID-19. The three-part message is accompanied by large, simple illustrations to draw in the eye and reinforce the new riding instructions.
A 42” sign is displayed as riders enter the bus, detailing three reminders we can all participate in: Practice social distancing, wear a mask, and keep hands clean. CAT has taken several steps to bolster these efforts on board. Lexan barriers were installed on all vehicles to promote social distancing and for those without face coverings, CAT provides cloth masks at no cost to riders upon request. To further reduce contact, CAT recommends paying through the Transit App or Token Transit. Also, riders are encouraged to make use of the hand-sanitizing stations upon entering and exiting the vehicle.
“Battling the pandemic is a community effort,” said CAT Executive Director Richard Farr. “In order to flatten the curve and keep COVID-19 transmission numbers down, we all need to do our part.”
The vehicles are continuing to be sanitized with common touchpoints wiped down throughout the day. Drivers are provided with their own personal protective equipment at the start of their shifts. If riders continue to distance from each other, wear masks, and keep clean hands, the risk of transmission is very low.
“Our riders can feel comfortable returning to public transit,“ said Farr. “When we all follow the CDC guidelines, when we keep our distance, wear our masks, and have clean hands, we can all create a safer environment for traveling together.”
Capital Area Transit (CAT), a multi-jurisdictional public transportation provider, offers a variety of transportation services to the residents of the City of Harrisburg, Cumberland and Dauphin County. Providing nearly 2,000,000 trips a year, riders depend on CAT each year to get to work, medical facilities, school and other life-sustaining activities. CAT is dedicated to helping all residents in the region get to where they want to go.