Second bus operator tests positive for COVID-19

(FORT WORTH, TX – April 24, 2020) – A second Trinity Metro bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator drives on bus routes 1 South Hemphill, 2 Camp Bowie, 12 Samuels/Mercantile Center, 14 Sylvania/NE 28th21 Boca Raton, 26 Ridgmar Mall/Normandale27 Como/Ridgmar Mall, 46 Jacksboro Highway and 65X South Park & Ride Xpress.

Here are the dates and routes for the two weeks prior to self-quarantine:

Route 1 – April 12

Route 2 – April 12

Route 12 – April 12

Route 14 – April 14

Route 21 – April 5 and April 19

Route 26 – April 6

Route 27 – April 13

Route 46 – April 9 and April 19

Route 65 – April 9

The employee has been self-quarantined since April 20.

The first bus operator, who tested positive in late March, has fully recovered and is back at work.

Any passengers who rode the routes driven by the operator between April 5 and 19 should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact their healthcare provider if any symptoms develop, and self-quarantine to avoid possibly exposing others.

What Trinity Metro is doing

Safeguarding the health and well-being of passengers and employees is Trinity Metro’s top priority. The agency is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation and are communicating with local, state and national health authorities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Trinity Metro continues to take extra steps to increase the cleaning frequency of high-touch areas such as door handles, railings, seats and benches with disinfectant throughout each shift. Buses, vans and ACCESS vehicles are sanitized daily. Trinity Metro TEXRail trains are disinfected daily after they have been in service.

To help reduce exposure between employees and customers, Trinity Metro is offering free fares on buses, TEXRail and ACCESS paratransit through May 15. Bus riders are encouraged to board and exit through the back doors to increase social distancing. The front entrance is open for customers using wheelchairs. For additional social distancing, Trinity Metro is reducing seating capacity to 35 percent.