What FAST Staff is Doing to Keep Passengers Safe
Passengers, have you seen the new stickers on all FAST vehicles reminding passengers to social distance and wear face coverings?
Let’s keep one another safe and healthy while using public transit.
Responding to COVID-19 Concerns
Fairfield and Suisun Transit provides vital transportation services within Fairfield and Suisun City, as well as to and from locations in Sacramento, Davis, Dixon, Vacaville, Benicia, Pleasant Hill, and El Cerrito del Norte. FAST is taking preventative precautions and have updated our cleaning and disinfecting schedule. We are currently disinfecting our service vehicles and facilities with a strong disinfectant on a daily basis.
You can read more about FAST’s response to the coronavirus update in the following article published by POLITICO:
Transit agencies’ best defense against coronavirus? Disinfectant
By Debra Kahn
03/04/2020 12:26 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — As coronavirus spreads on both coasts, transit agencies are united in one major change: tougher cleaning supplies.
In Solano County, home to the first U.S. case of coronavirus of unknown origin, transit officials have upgraded the disinfectant they use for their regular daily bus-cleaning.
Fairfield and Suisun Transit, which serves roughly 3,000 riders daily in Solano, switched from a basic cleaner by Simple Green to a stronger version of the same brand, called “d Pro 5,” that the CDC is recommending.
“We did change the day the woman was diagnosed in Solano County,” said FAST transportation manager Diane Feinstein.
The Solano case was the first indication that the virus could have spread undetected in a Northern California community. It’s estimated that dozens of people might have been exposed at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, where the patient stayed days before her diagnosis; at least three employees have tested positive for the virus so far and are under quarantine in three separate counties where they live.
FAST, which runs 48 buses on local and commuter routes that connect to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, hasn’t seen a decrease in ridership. It’s working on a contingency plan to reduce service if drivers call in sick and has made masks available for them, but no one has requested one.
“We weren’t sure if it was going to cause a panic in that there would be a lot of driver call-offs, but our drivers are reporting to work as usual,” Feinstein said. “We have received very few calls even asking what we’re doing. I think for now, people are just going about their normal lives until and if something else would happen.”
Providing safe transit services requires a partnership with our riders. Please refer to the following infographic for more information on what you can personally do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Based on new guidance from the Solano county Health Department, FAST is limiting face-to-face meetings by reducing administrative staff available at the Fairfield Transportation Center until after April 7. To provide assistance to our customers, the Fairfield Transportation Center will remain open to the public from 8AM to 5PM. However, the Transit Store is closed until further notice.
For further information and updates, please visit the following:
Solano County Public Health Department: http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/default.asp
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html