Big Blue Bus confirmed today that two Motor Coach Operators reported that they tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on March 29.
Big Blue Bus’s number one priority is protecting the health and safety of our customers, community and staff.
Both Operators’ last day of work was Friday, March 20. Both are recovering under quarantine. Buses operated by both Operators were thoroughly disinfected and cleaned before the vehicles were reassigned the next day.
Our thoughts are with these employees and their families, as they are with everyone affected by COVID-19.
Colleagues who may have been in contact with the Operators within the past 14 days have been notified. Those individuals are now self-monitoring their health as guided by Los Angeles County Public Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Any customers riding Rapid 12 (Westwood Blvd.), Route 7 (Pico Blvd.) or Route 8 (Ocean Park-UCLA Westwood) on Friday, March 20 should monitor themselves for possible symptoms, contact your health care provider if you develop any symptoms, and self-isolate to avoid exposing others, including refraining from using public transportation.
Big Blue Bus has taken proactive measures to encourage physical distancing and make operational changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Implemented rear-door boarding on Friday, March 20 to protect the safety and well-being of our operators and customers. As part of the procedure customers must board and exit through the rear door only, except those with a mobility device, and fares are not currently being collected.
- As part of this measure, Big Blue Bus Operators have a designated physical distancing area that helps maintain a safe distance between drivers and customers.
- On board our fleet of 195 buses, Big Blue Bus has implemented additional daily cleaning and sanitizing efforts. Components treated with the disinfectant are stanchions, nylon straps, rails, Operator areas, front and rear doors, seat frames, chime cords and other areas frequently touched by people.
- Operators have also been provided gloves and hand sanitizer as an added prevention measure. Additional safety and prevention resources are being evaluated as well.
We encourage customers to avoid non-essential travel, limiting trips on public transit to work, medical care, pharmacy, grocery stores, and to provide care for family members. For customers needing to ride our system, please practice social distancing (stand or sit at least 6 feet apart), stay home if you feel sick, cover your cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol after touching common surfaces (i.e. poles, handles, chime cords), and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Thank you for helping us navigate through this challenging time as safely as possible.