MMVTA & COVID-19(Coronavirus)

Dear Riders,

7/1/20 UPDATE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 1, 2020) – The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority will now be requiring all riders to wear a mask or face covering while waiting for and riding public transportation per the recent signed order from the Secretary of the PA Department of Health.  This will fully go into effect starting tomorrow, July 2, 2020.  

6/1/20 UPDATE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (June 1, 2020) – The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority will resume regular schedule starting Saturday, June 6, 2020. Please note, Local 2 will be on Break Schedule and Cal Commuter will not operate.  

Also, we would like to thank all COMMUTERS for providing feedback by completing the Commuter Survey.

 

5/21/20 UPDATE:

Attention Commuters! WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK!

As you know, Allegheny County did move to YELLOW phase on May 15th. We are asking for your feedback on when to resume the regular schedule for the Express & Commuter A routes.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK.

5/13/20 UPDATE: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (May 13, 2020) – The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority will start collecting fare media, including cash on all MMVTA buses starting Monday, June 1, 2020.  

MMVTA is continuing to sterilize all buses and following the CDC and state guidelines to reduce the spread within the community.  MMVTA also strongly encourages riders to practice safe distancing on-board vehicles and to wear a face mask when traveling on the vehicles.

Again, although public transportation is considered essential to our community, MMVTA is asking that riders only use public transportation for needed trips and use precautions while in public.

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4/16/20 UPDATE: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (APRIL 16, 2020) – The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) has been informed by its transportation contractor, MV Transportation, that one driver has tested positive for COVID-19.  The driver last worked on April 6, 2020 on the Local 3 route. The driver is following the proper procedures for care.

All passengers who may be concerned about potential exposure are asked to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and self-monitor for symptoms.  Anyone who begins to exhibits symptoms should contact their health care provider immediately.

If an effort to protect employees and riders from spread, MMVTA began a reduced schedule on March 30, 2020, extensive disinfecting cleaning procedures for vehicles and common areas, installed plexiglass guards for drivers, placed a safe distance line on buses and went to free fare until further notice.  MMVTA is also strongly encourages riders to practice safe distancing on-board vehicles and to wear a face mask when traveling on the vehicles.

Although public transportation is considered essential to our community, MMVTA is asking that riders only use public transportation for needed trips and use precautions while in public.

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4/9/20 UPDATE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (APRIL 9, 2020) –  North Charleroi Borough issued a state of emergency yesterday, April 8th. Starting immediately on April 9, 2020, the North Charleroi Transit Center will be CLOSED to the public to protect the staff and other riders from risk of the COVID-19 virus exposure. Our office will be fully operational to provide schedule information and other questions or concerns via phone and email.   You can contact the Transit Center at 724.489.0880 or customersupport@mmvta.com.

3/24/20 UPDATE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (March 24, 2020) – The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) will be reducing their fixed route bus service beginning Monday, March 30,
2020, due to substantial decreases in ridership and operational challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

MMVTA encourages public transit riders to practice social distancing while on-board vehicles and are offering free rides on all their routes as a means of minimizing contact
with equipment and drivers.

 

Following is a summary of route operations effective March 30, 2020:
Commuter A – Weekday & Saturday – MODIFIED SCHEDULE
Commuter A – Sunday – NO CHANGES
Express Routes 1, 2 & 3 – WILL NOT OPERATE
Cal Commuter – WILL NOT OPERATE
Local 1 – MODIFIED SCHEDULE
Local 2 – MODIFIED SCHEDULE
Local 3 – MODIFIED SCHEDULE
Weekender 1 – NO CHANGES
Weekender 2 – NO CHANGES

The reduced schedules are available by clicking HERE and will be on the buses ASAP.  MMVTA, through their transportation contractor, MV Transportation, Inc., has worked with the transit union and has spent a great deal of time and effort to ensure appropriate levels of service are provided and that safety and cleanliness of equipment and facilities
are maintained.

“This temporary reduction will help to protect MMVTA’s front line employees, while still providing essential trips to our customers. The drivers and support staff are doing a
tremendous job in dealing with the current situation and I commend them for their efforts,” said MMVTA’s Executive Director, Ashley Seman.

MMVTA will continue to evaluate service levels to determine if further adjustments are needed and are working in close cooperation with federal and state agencies.
For up-to-date information, please frequently visit this service alert ; or to call MMVTA’s Administrative Offices 724-489-0880 or MMVTA’s Operations
Offices 724-379-5956. Customers are also encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts HERE to receive updates via email and/or text messages.
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3/20/20 UPDATE: MMVTA will offer free rides on all MMVTA buses beginning today, March 20, 2020,  in an effort to support riders, reduce driver contact and increase safety to the community.  This policy will continue until further notice.
Note: If you have already purchased a monthly flash pass or connect card, contact MMVTA Transit Center at 724.489.0880 and we will be happy to exchange for ticket books or 10-trip connect cards. 

Also, we are asking riders to practice safe distancing when boarding, exiting and traveling on the buses.  To help in this effort, we will be placing a safe distance line on all buses.  We are asking riders to stay behind this line. This may be an exception to elderly and passengers with disabilities.

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COVID & the BUS: 

The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority along with our contracted service provider MV Transit, want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our service area.

 

To protect the well-being of our Riders & Employees, MMVTA & MV Transit have inherited the following cleaning process of our fleet:

In collaboration with our national cleaner supplier, ZEP, we will increase our use of the Spirit II disinfecting product on all vehicles and other hard surfaces throughout the yard.

Zep Spirit II is a Zep GreenLink product with an improved formula. It is a ready-to-use, hospital-grade, non-phenolic, germicidal cleaner and deodorant. It will quickly cut through grease and heavy soil. Spirit II will kill Tuberculosis, Canine Parvovirus, and HIV-1 on pre-cleaned, inanimate, non-porous surfaces. It conforms to CDC Bloodborne-Pathogens procedures for environmental surfaces. Use of Zep Spirit requires no dilution, mixing or measuring required, and is EPA registered. Zep Spirit II (EPA Reg # 1839-83-1270) has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, this product will be used against COVID-19 and should be used in accordance with the directions for use against Human Rotavirus, Rhinovirus Type 39, Hepatitis A virus, Poliovirus Type 1, and Canine Parvovirus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ) for additional information.

 

MV’s utility team will continue to provide the following cleaning services on vehicles using the Zep Spirit II daily:

  • Moping of entire floor space
  • Wiping down of all hand holds, driver’s area (steering wheel, knobs and handles), farebox and window seals
  • Wiping down of all ADA shoulder and lap belts
  • Disinfecting using mist sprayer with the Zep Spirit II front and back of seats

 

MV’s utility team will continue to provide the following weekly detailing service on vehicles using the Zep Spirit II:

  • Vacuuming of entire bus
  • Disinfecting of all hard surfaces
  • Cleaning of all Windows

 

If you need additional clarification or assistance, please contact the Transit Center at 724.489.0880 or MV Transit at 724.379.5956.

Take care,

Ashley Seman

Executive Director