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LA Metro exploring options to best support students during school closures

Friday March 13, 2020

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is exploring options on how best to support students during school district closures due to COVID-19, including ways to ensure students can access family resource centers being proposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Metro staff will present its findings to the Metro Board of Directors for consideration.

Metro is committed to serving the community’s transportation needs, including during emergencies and important events such as elections, when it has offered free rides throughout the system. Metro will continue this commitment to serve Los Angeles County as the COVID-19 situation persists.

“In times like these it is evident that public transit is a vital lifeline for communities who need us to keep people moving,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “It is imperative that public transit always be supported so that we can continue to move people in emergencies or to employment, medical appointments, or educational institutions.”

Metro is dedicated to ensuring a safe and healthy transit experience and is closely coordinating with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure an appropriate response to COVID-19. Metro has formed an internal task force to guide its response to COVID-19, drawing on past experiences with public health situations such as influenza, SARS and H1N1.

Metro has strengthened sanitation operations at Los Angeles Union Station and other transit hubs, with an increased focus on cleaning and sanitizing high touchpoint areas such as handrails, restrooms, tables and chairs, railings and ticket vending machines. Buses and trains are cleaned on a daily basis. Metro continues to review its cleaning protocols to ensure they’re adequate as the situation evolves.

Metro would like to reiterate that the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to follow best hygiene practices, to sneeze or cough into a tissue or your arm and wash hands frequently with soap and warm water.

About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan. Metro is the lead transportation planning and funding agency for L.A. County and carries about 1.2 million boardings daily on a fleet of 2,200 low-emission buses and six rail lines.

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