Coronavirus Updates

The safety of the public and our employees is a top priority for Lawrence Transit. We have protocols in place for emergency scenarios like a public health crisis, and we’re staying in close touch with state and local health authorities.

Updated service announcements will be made here at www.lawrencetransit.org, on the Lawrence Transit Facebook page, and in the announcements section on our real-time bus app, MyBusLawrence.

Announcements

Covid-19 Exposure Announcement: November 24

  • On Friday, Nov. 20, an individual was on Route 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm and later tested positive for COVID-19.  If you were on the bus at this time, please contact your primary care physician to determine your need to be tested. We are working with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to follow up with contact tracing protocols.

Service Update: August 24

  • With installation of protective driver barriers, we will return to front door boarding starting Monday, August 24 on all buses.

Service Update: July 2

  • Both the State of Kansas and Douglas County have issued orders making it mandatory to wear face masks in public places. This includes waiting for or riding public transportation. Disposable masks are available on buses if you need one.

Service Update: May 1

  • Route 45 has been discontinued.

Service Update: March 23

  • KU on Wheels will be operating on a modified summer “B” schedule.
  • Routes 1-10 and 15 will continue operating as normal.
  • Routes 11 and 29 will operate on their “B” schedules.
  • Routes 27, 30, 34, 36, 38, 41, 42, 43 and 44 will not operate.
  • Instead of route 41, we will operate a modified circulator (new route 45) 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, running every 30 minutes (PDF map).

What we’re doing to keep our riders safe

A daily cleaning while buses are on route.

  • Use the SAO (stabilized aqueous ozone) solution for an additional midday cleaning while the drivers are on route to wipe down high traffic areas.
  • Emphasis on disinfecting surfaces touched by the public
  • Vehicles with high ridership are switched out during the day for a deeper cleaning using the GenEon fogging machine.

A nightly routine of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting using GenEon Cleaning System and fogging machine.

https://www.geneontechnologies.com/our-products/mist/

  • All vehicles are sprayed down when they return from route at end of shift.
  • Surfaces touched by the public are wiped down thoroughly.
  • Emphasis on disinfecting all stanchions and grab bars

A weekly routine of disinfecting vehicles using an Ozone Generator for Cleaning.

https://www.pfss.be/covid-19-disinfection-with-ozone/

  • All vehicles are rotated through once a week.
  • If positive case is suspected the vehicle will be immediately removed from route and cleaned using the Ozone Generator.

A weekly routine to clean the HVAC intake and filter on all vehicles used the previous week is done every Sunday.

Added measures:

  • All drivers are equipped with gloves and disinfecting wipes to use throughout the day.
  • Protective barriers are placed around drivers.
  • Windows are cracked for ventilation.
  • All operators are required to wear a mask when passengers are on board.
  • All operators carry hand sanitizer for personal use.
  • All employees are instructed to not report work if they are feeling ill.

What you can do

  • It is recommended that passengers travel for essential trips only (essential trips may include work if it is not possible to telework, the grocery store, and medical/pharmacy trips if pharmacy delivery and telehealth are not possible).
  • Wear face coverings while riding buses. The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. See CDC recommendations on face coverings.
  • Passengers who are sick are advised not to ride the bus.
  • Passengers riding transit are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing by allowing six-feet distance between other passengers if possible.
  • If you’re experiencing symptoms and have traveled to areas of concern (or have been in contact with someone who has), call ahead to your healthcare provider before you go in person, or call the KDHE Hotline at 1-877-427-7317.

We encourage everyone to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid crowds when you can. If you can commute at less busy times, or wait for a less crowded bus, do that.

Other resources

City of Lawrence coronavirus information
K-10 Connector switches to summer schedule
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health website
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website
Center for Disease Control (CDC) website

For questions, please call (785) 864-4644 or email info@lawrencetransit.org.