Community Transit joined six local partner agencies, transit agencies across the country, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to commit to industry best practices for safe public transit in response to public concerns about riding transit during COVID-19 crisis.
Our top priorities are to continue service to the public and to keep our employees healthy and safe. Thank you for partnering with us to help prevent the spread of illness.
More information on our updated operating practices is found in our Frequently Asked Questions.
For the safety of all riders, transit workers and our communities, please follow the mandatory statewide face covering order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Secretary
of Health to wear a face covering. Wear a face covering in vanpools and while riding buses or DART Paratransit. The order requires people to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, as well as outdoors where 6 feet of distance from others
can't be maintained.
Exemptions include people with certain disabilities or health conditions, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 5 (although it is encouraged to have children ages 3-5 wear a face covering if possible).
Public health officials suggest wearing a face covering can significantly limit the spread of COVID-19. We continue to encourage all riders to stay home when they are sick, wash hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from the bus driver and other passengers when on our buses.
If you have questions or concerns about the mandatory face covering order, we encourage you to visit Washington State's official COVID-19 site here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/face-masks-or-cloth-face-covering.
We continue to offer and distribute face coverings on our buses to Community Transit customers who do not have one. However, due to limited supply, we ask that riders bring their own whenever possible.
Face coverings recommended by public health officials include cloth face coverings, scarves and bandanas. Best practices on wearing a face covering can be located here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
Thank you for helping to protect yourself, your fellow riders, transit workers and all those with whom you come in contact.