Much has happened in recent days in Illinois due to the spread of COVID-19: schools, restaurants and bars are closed, meetings and gatherings have been canceled, and sports leagues have been suspended. Here’s what that means to you as a transit rider.
We continue to follow — and encourage you to as well — the advice of the CDC and the Governor of Illinois. At this time they have not recommended we limit any transit service. Like us, health experts understand transit is vital to the community and many people are dependent on our services to get where they need to go. While many events and other social gatherings may be canceled, people still need to get to work, social services, and loved ones. We take this responsibility very seriously.We will continue to update you on a regular basis as the COVID-19 situation progresses.
March 27, 2020 - To protect the health of our operators and passengers, Metro is temporarily boarding passengers using rear doors. Passengers who need the vehicle to be kneeled and/or to utilize the vehicle’s ramp may still board in the front of the bus.
March 20, 2020 - Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order to "Stay at Home" and in the interest of public health, we are closing Centre Station, District Station, and East Pointe to the general public until further notice. We are continuing to operate routes as scheduled at this time.
March 17, 2020 - In light of the rapidly developing public health situation with COVID‐19, the Quad Cities Transit Systems, the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (Metro), Davenport (CitiBus) and Bettendorf, IA are suspending fare collection on fixed route and paratransit buses until further notice. This move comes as a result of the CDC recommendations to practice social distancing. We recommend people avoid unnecessary travel and stay home when sick. We recognize that people still need to get to work, social services, and grocery stores. The elimination of paper tickets, transfers, and cash will eliminate additional contact between operators and passengers. This will also allow for parents to utilize fixed route to access school meal distribution sites while schools are not in session.
How My Service May be Affected
Riders should assume their routes are running in accordance with regular schedules unless otherwise noted below:
- Route 50 and 55 are not currently entering the Genesis Illini Hospital in Silvis due to temporary tents that are located in the parking lot. Both routes will make pick-ups and drop-offs along Illini Drive during this time.
- The turnaround that the Route 30 typically uses at UnityPoint Hospital Rock Island is temporarily closed. Buses will enter off 17th Street and turn onto the access road in front of the emergency room, then exit on 24th Street. The 30 outbound from District Station will exit the hospital on 24th Street and will not provide coverage to 31st Avenue. The 30 inbound from CityLine Plaza WILL cover 31st Avenue, and will exit on 24th Street, turn left on 25th Avenue, and then turn right on 17th Street to regular route.
- Due to the Jumer’s Casino Rock Island closure, the Route 40 has temporarily suspended service to the Casino. The Route 40 will hold its Casino time point in the area of the Industrial Park, dependent on AM/PM routes.
- Our peak service routes serving Moline and Rock Island-Milan Schools will not operate until classes resume.
- Due to temporary class cancellations at Augustana College and the statewide restrictions in place at bars and restaurants, the late night Route 53 service has been temporarily suspended on Thursday-Saturday evenings.
How We Can Prevent the Spread of Illness
The CDC is recommending "social distancing" — that you maintain three feet of distance between yourself and other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We do ask that you remain respectful to and of other people.
We continue to disinfect our vehicles and facilities daily. Just remember that these surfaces are only clean until someone touches them or coughs/sneezes nearby.
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a team effort, so please follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home when you are sick.