Starting Monday, Chapel Hill Transit will operate with the reduced occupancy of 10 people per bus to ensure social distancing.
With safety measures in place, CHT will begin a reduced weekday schedule of the CM, D, G, J, NS, RU, S and U routes in June.
Mayor Pro Tem Michael Parker said reducing occupancy is necessary to ensure both safety and needs of riders and operators.
“To maintain social distancing at the appropriate level, we need to significantly reduce the numbers of folks riding the buses at any given point,” Parker said, “And 10 is about what we can accommodate and still manage social distancing.”
To prioritize safety, CHT continues to implement mechanisms such as sanitizing, cleaning and separating drivers and passengers with physical barriers, while working to install face mask dispensers, said Transit Director Brian Litchfield.
Meanwhile, passengers are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and remain 6 feet apart from one another, according to guidance from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
Parker said face coverings are expected on bus rides.
“We know that one of the important things that can help stop transmission of the virus is if everybody wears masks when they're out and especially in relatively close proximity, so we hope and expect that all the folks riding a bus will use their face coverings,” he said.
Litchfield said that service reintroduction is informed by public health guidance as well as UNC’s plans during the pandemic.