Ben Franklin Transit (BFT) is closely monitoring the latest developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is responding to the rapidly evolving situation with measures to protect the health and safety of our customers, employees and community.
These steps follow the declaration by the World Health Organization of COVID-19 as a global pandemic, and actions taken by Governor Jay Inslee today to minimize COVID-19 exposure and illness throughout Washington state.
Effective immediately, Ben Franklin Transit will take the following measures:
To protect our passengers and drivers, BFT has implemented daily disinfection procedures in all our vehicles and facilities using products listed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as effective against COVID-19. We evaluate vehicles if there are reports or concerns expressed about cleanliness and remove any vehicle in question from service for thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
Our top priorities are to continue service and to keep our employees and customers healthy and safe. We appreciate the public working with us to make this possible. We ask our riders to consider limiting non-essential trips and, most importantly, to stay home when sick.
In addition, we ask everyone to take personal health preparedness steps to protect themselves and others by following guidance from the Washington State Department of Health and Benton-Franklin Health District:
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