ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Orange County Transportation Authority reached a major milestone recently by distributing the 1 millionth face covering aboard OC Bus in the ongoing effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
OCTA continues to prioritize public health and safety during the pandemic and, since spring 2020, has been distributing free masks to passengers who need one as they board an OC Bus.
«Our dedication to safety at OCTA is clear. Since the start of the pandemic, we have provided 1 million masks – and counting – to our bus riders,» said OCTA Chairman Andrew Do, also the county’s First District Supervisor. «There’s no question that the masks, along with other safety measures, have helped protect our passengers and coach operators. Masks save lives.»
For nearly a year, OCTA has required passengers and coach operators to wear masks onboard, in line with guidance from health officials and following industry best practices. In January 2021, new federal regulations went into effect mandating masks on all public transit. Electronic signs on the front of each OC Bus read: «No Mask – No Ride.»
Distribution of the face coverings has been made possible with the help of the Federal Transit Administration and by reimbursement from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Even as the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 has fallen and the county has advanced through California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, OCTA has never wavered from its public safety commitment.
In addition to providing the free face coverings, OCTA has numerous health and safety measures in place, including enhanced bus cleanings, passenger hand sanitizer stations on every bus, Plexiglass driver shields, and employee COVID-19 screenings with temperature checks.
OCTA has reached out to passengers to educate and remind them of the face-covering requirement with signs at the front of the bus and above seating areas, and via onboard audio reminders in multiple languages. OCTA also coordinated with community partners and local social-service agencies to make free, reusable masks available to vulnerable populations.
OCTA also has followed best practices implemented by the State, the FTA and the California Transit Association, and will continue to do so to help keep Orange County moving safely.
About OCTA: The Orange County Transportation Authority is the county transportation planning commission, responsible for funding and implementing transit and capital projects for a balanced and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents. With the mission of keeping Orange County moving, this includes freeways and express lanes, bus and rail transit, rideshare, commuter rail, environmental programs and active transportation.
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Eric Carpenter (714) 560-5697
Megan Abba (714) 560-5671
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