Urban Train, bus service to resume Monday
By John McPhaul
Metropolitan Bus Authority (AMA by its Spanish acronym) President and Integrated Transportation Authority Executive Director Josué Menéndez said Thursday that the process of restarting bus service and the Urban Train are well under way.
On Monday, public transportation services, which were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, must resume according to the most recent executive order issued Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced.
“The time is this coming Monday and we are on track to comply [with the executive order] and provide the service our people need,” Menéndez said in a written statement.
He said the seats and handrails of AMA buses will be disinfected each time they arrive at their terminals. Meanwhile, the driver will be protected by an acrylic barrier and/or “face shield.”
Menéndez added that the buses will be disinfected again when they complete their service for the day. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available for users on buses. All bus routes will be active, including those operated by First Transit: Metrobús, Metro Urbano and “Tu Conexión.” Space will be limited to between 15 and 20 people, depending on the configuration of the vehicle.
Regarding the Urban Train, the official said the cars will be disinfected every time the train arrives at Sagrado Corazón Station in Santurce.
There will be hand sanitizer available for users at the entrances of the stations. Handrails in common areas, and surfaces of ticket machines and at ticket offices, among other areas, will also be disinfected. As part of standard distancing measures, spacing will be required at all times.
“The people must have the confidence that our commitment, that of all employees and that of this [public] servant, is to ensure that the best possible service is provided and to prevent infection by the coronavirus,” Menéndez said. “We also hope that our fellow citizens who need transportation services are aware that there will be regulations for entering transportation systems, such as compulsory use of a mask at all times. We also want to protect workers who give their best day after day and that is why we have established rigorous protocols that everyone must follow.”
For this reason, the official requested cooperation to guarantee the welfare of system users and employees.