SporTran Coronavirus (COVID-19) News
JANUARY 29, 2021 UPDATE:
THE CDC REQUIRES MASKS ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEMS
On January 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order imposing a mask requirement applicable to public transportation systems, rail, and van, bus and motorcoach service providers to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. The CDC Order implements President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, “to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”
Science-based measures are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing is one of several proven life-saving measures including physical distancing, appropriate ventilation and timely testing that can reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Requiring masks will protect America’s transportation workers and passengers, help control the transmission of COVID-19, and aid in re-opening America’s economy.
In addition to the CDC order, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anticipates issuing additional information and guidance on this topic.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has posted Frequently Asked Questions online and will continue to add to this site with additional information in the coming days.
Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel
CDC Order: Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs
CDC Federal Register Notice
TSA COVID-19 hub
TSA COVID-19 FAQs
UPDATE DECEMBER 8, 2020: Beginning today, maximum capacity on buses will be reduced to the following:
Large buses: 17 People
Small Buses: 10 People
Passengers will not be permitted inside any SporTran bus or facility without a properly worn face mask.
RETURN TO REGULAR SERVICE EFFECTIVE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020
SporTran is returning to regular service. Our priority continues to be the safety of our valued employees and passengers.
- Beginning Sunday, September 20, 2020, SporTran will reinstate our regular routes and timetables, including all fixed-route and LiftLine (paratransit) services.
- Saturday service will remain on our Enhanced Alternative Service/COVID-19 schedule.
- Face masks are still required in all SporTran facilities, bus stops, and vehicles. Social distancing methods will be in place.
- Riders are encouraged to use our contactless fare payment system "TouchPass."
- For schedules and timetables, please click here.
UPDATE August 30, 2020: Beginning Monday, August 31, 2020, route frequency will improve and buses will begin running 30 minutes earlier. You can find revised routes and schedules by clicking here.
RETURN TO REDUCED SERVICE, EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020:
As a result of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the state, region, and SporTran’s own staff, the transit service will return to its Enhanced Alternative Schedule, which reduces all fixed-route and LiftLine (paratransit) services beginning Monday, July 13, 2020. In addition, the organization will close service Sunday, July 12, 2020, to thoroughly clean its fleet.
SporTran has seen as many employees infected with COVID-19 in the last two weeks as we did in the entire 3 months we ran our reduced schedule during Phase 1. Our priority throughout this pandemic has been to protect our valued employees and passengers. With the numbers rising locally, we are committed to doing our part to slow the spread.
Every passenger will be required to wear face coverings at all bus stops, facilities, and onboard vehicles. Social distancing measures are also in place. The maximum number of passengers allowed on standard buses is 17. For smaller cut-away vehicles, maximum occupancy is 10.
Fixed Route Service:
Starting Monday, all buses will operate on an Enhanced Alternative Schedule. Sunday schedules will remain the same.
Click Here to access all route schedules and timetables.
LiftLine (paratransit) services will continue to operate in order to meet the needs of the community. To assist in keeping the community safe, paratransit riders should prioritize reservations. Life-sustaining reservations will take priority at this time, followed by nutrition. We ask passengers to limit the number of recreation-based trips for their safety and the safety of our operators. Click Here to visit the LiftLine page.
Closed Sunday, July 12, 2020, for Cleaning
SporTran facilities and bus service will be closed Sunday, July 12, 2020, for cleaning. The entire SporTran fleet and all facilities will be thoroughly disinfected using cleaning supplies and methods in accordance with CDC guidelines. SporTran also closed for deep cleaning Sundays, April 12 and May 17, 2020. Those closures and the closure this Sunday are added measures; SporTran buses and facilities are sanitized multiple times each day and deep cleaned every night.
Current Preventative Methods:
Since quarantine began, SporTran transportation and administrative staff have adhered to the following preventative measures from the CDC: regular hand washing and hand sanitizer use, social distancing, telework when possible, and staying home when ill. Drivers and staff are equipped with PPE such as face masks and gloves, and the organization’s intensified bus and facility cleaning efforts continue.
In addition to its nightly deep cleaning, SporTran disinfects buses and paratransit vehicles every 35 minutes with an HOCL-based product on high touch areas, including all railings, seats, the operator area, and fareboxes. The public is also directed to practice social distancing in all SporTran vehicles and facilities.
FACE MASKS REQUIRED EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, JULY 8: We are carefully monitoring the rise of cases of COVID-19 in our region. Out of concern for the public and its staff, every passenger will be required to wear face coverings at all bus stops, facilities, and onboard vehicles. If we continue to see the number of cases rise in our region, the agency will take additional precautions, including reducing service again.
June 4, 2020 UPDATE: As part of Phase 2 of Governor John Bel Edwards’ plan to reopen the State of Louisiana, SporTran will continue to add routes to the current Enhanced Alternative Schedule as ridership levels rise.
- The organization will increase route availability over the next several weeks to meet the needs of the community.
- Effective Monday, June 22, 2020, SporTran will return to their amended regular service.
- Revised schedules will be posted to www.sportran.org no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
For more information on Louisiana’s phased plans to reopen, click here.
May 13, 2020 UPDATE: Beginning Monday, May 18, SporTran will increase our current Enhanced Alternative Schedule to include additional service. CLICK HERE for May 18 updated Enhanced Alternative Schedule.
- Updated timetables and route schedules will be posted Friday, May 15.
- We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
- SporTran is exploring the return to full service by mid-June.
For the protection of our passengers and employees, please wear a face mask or face covering at all times while using public transit. This includes on the bus and in the Intermodal Terminal. For an easy DIY face mask you can make at home, click here.
For for more information on Louisiana’s phased plans to reopen, click here.
SporTran remains committed to the health and safety of our riders. The agency has implemented service reductions to all fixed-route and Paratransit services to assist in the mitigation of community spread of COVID-19. These changes were made in the interest of public health and safety.
We will continue to run our amended schedule during Governor John Bel Edwards’ Stay At Home Order for the State of Louisiana. Click here to read the Stay at Home Order in full.
While the buses will continue to run, the community is strongly encouraged to limit the use of public transit to essential travel for work, health care, and nutrition only.
All buses are operating on an enhanced Alternative schedule. Click here to access all route schedules and timetables.
Where’s My Bus?
For a live bus map and arrival times, click here.
Paratransit services will continue to operate in order to meet the needs of the community. The agency asks Paratransit riders to assist in helping to keep the community safe by prioritizing reservations. Life-sustaining reservations will take priority at this time, followed by nutrition. We ask passengers to limit the number of recreation-based trips for their safety and the safety of our operators.
Paratransit riders can call the Paratransit reservation line at 318.673.5316 to speak with a customer service representative or click here to visit the Paratransit page.
Current Preventative Methods
The agency remains committed to the safety of our riders and has implemented additional disinfecting methods when cleaning the vehicle fleet. Our regular cleaning process includes; trash removal, sweeping and mopping of vehicle floors, and wiping down passenger and driver areas with a disinfectant solution.
The agency is enhancing the daily cleaning process to include an additional disinfectant that is sprayed to deter the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The additional cleaning process is designed to disinfect high touch areas, including all railings, seating, operator area, and fareboxes. The agency will continue to clean and disinfect all vehicles within the fleet. This includes all buses and paratransit vehicles. Each vehicle is cleaned throughout the day with a deep cleaning occurring every 24 hours. A log is maintained of all vehicles cleaned and updated daily.
Free Rides to School Feeding Sites Resumes Each Monday
Beginning Monday, March 30, Caddo Parish School’s Child Nutrition staff will resume breakfast and lunch meal service with modifications to limit contact and decrease risk for both students and staff. Meals will be distributed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays only. Each meal package will include five breakfasts and three lunches.
While schools are closed, SporTran will provide free rides each Monday (7:30 A.m. until 12 p.m.) for school-aged children to the following school feeding sites. Buses will maintain their current routes and schedules.
School Feeding Sites Public Transportation Will Serve:
C.E. Byrd High
Caddo Heights Elementary
Caddo Magnet High
Caddo Middle Magnet
Captain Shreve High
J. S. Clark Elementary
Fair Park Middle
Southern Hills Elementary
The State of Louisiana is currently under a Stay at Home Order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Students should use public transportation for travel to school feeding sites only.