PART Responds to the Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

NC by Train is making additional changes to their Piedmont train service. As a result, we will be suspending all Route 5 service starting Monday, April 6, 2020. This will include weekend service. Passengers will be encouraged to use Route 3 to make connections.

*Please note that this weekend’s Saturday April 4th & Sunday April 5th service will run as normal.

March 26, 2020

In response to City and County government orders to Stay-at-Home, PART Administrative offices will be closed beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 for all non-essential staff until further notice. Essential staff will be overseeing organizational activities to maintain business continuity.

These closures will NOT impact the daily operations of PART Express bus service. As of today, we plan to continue with the currently posted schedules. We plan to continue service as long as safely possible.

We recognize the important role our service provides getting first responders, health care workers, and other essential employees to and from work. Under the current stay at home orders, we encourage you to only ride if your trip is essential.

Please continue to follow-us via email, social media, TransLoc, or text to receive updates on service changes due to COVID-19. Sign-Up to receive alerts and notifications.

March 23, 2020

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 PART Express will be operating on limited service.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are dealing with plummeting ridership and revenue. Our routes are experiencing anywhere from 30-60% decreases. While our main focus continues to be the health and safety of our drivers, riders, and community, the financial implications of these drops in ridership cannot be ignored.

Knowing that our routes provide an important connection for essential workers and access to crucial resources like hospitals across the Triad, we have strategically identified routes that will continue operating.

ROUTE CHANGES – EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

  • Route 1, 2, 3 will run on a Saturday schedule. 7:00am-7:00pm hourly. View Schedule.
  • Shuttles will run on a Saturday schedule. 7:00am-7:00pm hourly with scheduled pick-ups only call 336-883-7278.
  • Route 4 will be suspended. No service to Chapel Hill.
  • Route 6 will run on a reduced schedule. View Schedule
    • 6:00am Southbound & 6:40am Southbound trips only.
    • 4:15pm Northbound & 5:10pm Northbound trips only.
  • Route 28 will be suspended. No service to Clemons.
  • No changes to Route 5, 9, 10, and 17.

In addition to these route changes, PART will continue to operate fare free.

We are hopeful that these will be our only modifications but as situations are changing daily, we will continue to evaluate and follow the guidance of the CDC, public health officials, and leadership. With the continued spread of COVID-19 it is likely we may need to make additional changes.

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March 20, 2020

Starting Saturday, March 21st all PART Express service will be fare free until further notice. This is an important way for us to support the CDC’s social distancing recommendations. The safety and health of our drivers and passengers is our number one priority.

March 16, 2020

PART continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely. Staff is meeting frequently throughout the day to evaluate the quickly evolving conditions. The safety and health of our employees, riders, and community remains our number one priority.

As of right now, PART plans to operate regular service on all routes except Route 19. Effective Wednesday, March 18th Route 19 service will be suspended until further notice. 

We encourage you to continue monitoring TransLoc for information related to any service changes. While we intend to maintain operations, we are prepared to make changes if necessary.

As a reminder, we have taken the following preparedness actions:

  • All vehicles are being wiped down daily with special attention given to high contact areas such as hand-rails, fareboxes, etc.
  • Medical grade disinfectant is being used to disinfect.
  • Information is being distributed on how to prevent the spread of germs and other viruses.
  • Information has been posted to the PART website, emailed to passengers, and posted to our social media outlets.

We encourage you to stay informed by getting accurate information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.

March 9, 2020

Public health officials including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local Health Departments are actively monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus termed “Covid-19”, or Coronavirus. While this has been deemed a public health emergency, at this time, the risk to the American public has been assessed as low.

What are the signs of Coronavirus?
Symptoms of Covid-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

According to the CDC, people are believed to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Individuals are encouraged to monitor their health and if they begin to experience symptoms to contact a doctor immediately.

How Can You Do Your Part to Protect Yourself?
coronavirus-hand-washing-imageCoronaviruses are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, or through touching your nose, mouth, or eyes before washing your hands. While there is currently no vaccine for Covid-19, there are steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus as well as influenza and the common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

What is PART doing?
PART Staff is closely following the information being provided by the Center for Disease Control, local health departments, our partnering agencies, and the American Public Transportation Association. Our goal is to minimize the risk to our drivers, passengers, and community. In addition to our normal cleaning procedures, we will be utilizing commercial disinfectants on the vehicles. As more information become available, we will be sure to communicate with our passengers.