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JTA Adds Additional COVID-19 Safety Measures

A COVID-19 health advisory blocks the seat next to a woman riding a JTA bus.
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JTA is now limiting seating to encourage social distancing.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority riders will notice some changes next time they hop on a bus.

On Friday the transit agency started blocking off up to 18 seats per vehicle to increase and encourage social distancing as Jacksonville tries to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Extra buses are also being used on routes, as needed, to prevent crowding and minimize delays, according to JTA spokesman David C. Cawton II.

JTA has been cleaning and disinfecting JTA vehicles daily and doing additional cleanings of buses as they come into the Rosa Parks Transit Station. Cleaning at all JTA facilities has also increased. 

The modified bus schedule that began on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, will continue until further notice. Updated schedules are available at www.jtafla.com.

The Skyway remains closed. Connexion and Connexion Plus services, ReadiRide, the Nassau Express Select and the St. Johns River Ferry remain open. Customers must stay in their vehicles when boarding the ferry. Pedestrian boarding is limited.

The opening of the new Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center at LaVilla has also been delayed until further notice.

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Passengers will find signs with safety tips and that also limit seating to encourage social distancing.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at bbortzfield@wjct.org, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.