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Coronavirus VTA 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.



Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.
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