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Apr 08

Be a PART of our Response to COVID-19

Posted on April 8, 2021 at 3:15 PM by Sabrina Glenn

With all the changes in our everyday lives related to COVID-19, PART has had to respond by making changes to help ensure the safety of our drivers, riders, and overall community. Everything we’ve done has been geared to making sure that public transit is as safe as possible.

#MaskUpForTransit. When riding with PART, it is important to ensure you follow proper mask guidelines like making sure your mask covers not only your mouth but your nose as well. Also, wear a mask that you cannot blow air through; this will help to keep your airflow and bodily fluids contained. As of February 1st, 2021 TSA, SD1582/84-21-01 mandated that all public transportation workers and riders 2 years or older must wear face masks at all times while on public transit vehicles or in transit facilities.

                When riding with PART we also ask that you are mindful about social distancing. While it’s not always possible to be six feet apart, we encourage you to do your best not just when riding, but when boarding our buses as well. During the boarding process we ask that only one person enter at a time to create as much social distancing as possible. Passengers who are exhibiting visible signs or symptoms of the Coronavirus will be asked to deboard the PART Express bus. We take this very seriously because it is for the safety of all other riders and to maintain our community’s safety.

We’re encouraging all passengers to use PARTs TouchPass contactless payment system. Passengers can download the TouchPass App from your PlayStore or purchase a TouchPass Reusable Smartcard at the Coble Transportation Center (CTC) or you can order one online. Making the transition to digital fare payments will not only help lower the spread of COVID-19, but it can save you time and money. When you ride with Umo, you receive free transfers and simply tap or scan to quickly board the bus. Cash is still accepted on PART Express buses, but we do not provide change cards or transfer tickets. We encourage you to have exact change for each bus that you board.

We’re all looking forward to our return to normal. But until then, we’re asking you to do your PART in taking the proper precautions when riding. For a full list of information on PART’s COVID-19 activities, visit www.partnc.org/covid19.