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mean indefinitely tailoring operations to fit post-pandemic life. What was once a process filled with pressing buttons, sitting close to other riders, and touching shared surfaces will need to pivot to a near-contactless experience. The CDC recommends that managers implement plans to help operators effectively communicate with passengers entering the bus regarding modifications to work or service processes. Other safety recommendations include using curtains or plastic walls to establish physical barriers between transit operators and passengers.7 Shuttle operators should be trained to effectively enforce social distancing onboard. Tactics such as blocking out every other seat onboard the shuttle can also play a big part in enabling social distancing. An emphasis on driver safety is equally as important as passenger well-being. Providing transit operators the opportunity to wash their hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds throughout their shifts will be crucial not only to keep riders safe, but ensure shuttle drivers stay healthy. In addition to the enforcement of mandatory face coverings for passengers, operators should be required to wear appropriate face coverings and other PPE while on the shuttle.

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Prioritizing a Clean Environment As building occupants return, shuttle riders will undoubtedly be hyper-aware of cleaning measures taken (or not taken). Operators must make disinfecting a top priority, both for the safety and peace of mind of passengers. Safety-conscious riders will take notice of an increase in cleaning frequency. Before using a disinfectant on bus surfaces, check to make sure that your product is EPA-approved to kill COVID-19. You can visit the EPA’s List N Tool page to search approved disinfectants.8 In addition to operator cleaning efforts, adding touch-free hand sanitizer stations and strategically placed trash receptacles is a way to ensure passengers do their part to keep each other healthy while on board. Because COVID-19 pathogens can live on surfaces for up to five days, it is imperative shuttles are cleaned thoroughly on a consistent basis.9 According to the Federal Transit Administration, high-touch areas like benches, handrails, and poles must be disinfected at least once per day.10 Shuttle passengers might expect disinfection to be even more frequent than this, like once a loop. In addition to surface cleaning, the CDC recommends using vents and windows to bring in fresh air, rather than using the recirculated air option for shuttle ventilation.11

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