More changes coming to MiWay buses amid COVID-19 pandemic
If you regularly use MiWay to get around Mississauga, you'll notice more COVID-19-related changes over the coming days and weeks.
At an April 29 press conference, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie announced that MiWay will be adding temporary biohazard barriers on buses to provide additional protection for operators. These shields are being installed in advance of a return to front door customer boarding.
At this point, commuters without mobility challenges can only board from the rear doors. Customers who need to use the ramp to board the bus are still permitted to enter through the front doors.
The city is currently waiving transit fares in response to the pandemic.
To promote physical distancing, select seats on MiWay buses are taped off to ensure people do not sit too close together. MiWay is also offering reduced service, as ridership has fallen.
The city says the barriers are expected to be installed by the end of June.
MiWay transit operators, maintenance and administration staff are receiving reusable face coverings and disposable gloves to use when physical distancing is not feasible. The use of face coverings and gloves is a personal choice and not mandated or required by the City of Mississauga.
MiWay patrons are being asked to continue to practice physical distancing at bus stops and on the bus.
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