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CoronavirusVTA announces changes to ensure safety and social distancing on vehicles

VTA announces changes to ensure safety and social distancing on vehicles

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has announced new policies and procedures to ensure adequate social distancing and safety on its vehicles. 

As a baseline measure, VTA is subjecting its vehicles to advanced cleaning measures. VTA is also overtly requesting that its riders always stay 6 feet apart from one another, and only utilize its services for essential travel—namely to receive or provide food or medical care.

Meanwhile, VTA encourages its passengers to wear cloth face masks over their mouths and noses. Their drivers will be masked, as well.

For the time being, VTA’s largest bus (the 60-footer) will only seat 9 individuals, its second-largest bus (40 feet) will only seat 6 individuals, and its smallest bus (35 feet) will only seat 5 individuals, it being noted that an “individual” can be defined as a couple or family or other group living together (and thus don’t have to keep 6 feet between them while traveling). 

 To adhere to these limits, buses may have to disallow some passengers from stepping aboard at some stops.

The buses, like the light rails, have been marked up to ensure that riders can follow social distancing mandates. On the rails, the cars have been coupled so as to ensure adequate room for distancing.

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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