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Third bus operator tests positive for COVID-19

(FORT WORTH, TX – April 27, 2020) – A third Trinity Metro bus operator has tested positive for COVID-19. The operator drove on 14 Sylvania/NE 28th between April 5 and April 20. The employee worked on Route 14 on April 5-6, April 10-12 and April 16-20, and has been self-quarantined since April 21.

Any passengers who rode Route 14 on these dates should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact their healthcare provider if any symptoms develop, and self-quarantine to avoid possibly exposing others.

Update on previous cases

The second bus operator to test positive 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.

Steps to reduce risk

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.