Metrolinx drivers to wear face masks as transit agency adds measures to protect employees

Mar 27 2020, 7:21 am

Metrolinx has added extra measures to protect its frontline workers, including bus driver screens, face shields, and masks.

According to the transit agency, they are also adding plexiglass shields to GO Transit buses.

“We are adding extra layers of protection between our drivers and the public,” said Metrolinx in an update. “Those new barriers will give our drivers a protected enclosure and distance from any customers who might be sick.”

The face shields will be for drivers who would like to use them.

“They will protect the eyes as well as mouth and nose, and are quick and easy to put on and take off. As well, they don’t need a fit test, and drivers won’t need to shave their facial hair to get the full protection,” they said.

Additionally, drivers with airport routes and going to health care facilities will be prioritized.

These are the latest in Metrolinx’s measures to protect its staff and transit users.

Like the TTC, it has also announced it is no longer accepting cash fares, as well, it is not having drivers handle luggage.

Some trains are also being shortened in order to make better use of our resources while ridership is low.

Metrolinx has a “selective reduction” in GO Transit and UP Express services that also kicked off on March 18.

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