So far only extra trains planned for Saturday were cancelled on the NICTD South Shore. My expectation is that if ridership is affected they will reduce the number of cars in service. I do not expect a reduced number of runs. Less cars in service would mean more time for cleaning between runs.
South Shore Line officials continue to monitor and address potential impacts from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and are taking steps to further reduce the risk to our passengers from exposure to the virus.
As of March 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of the American public are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, and the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low. However, as a precautionary measure, the SSL has implemented a heightened maintenance protocol, including increasing the frequency and intensity of our sanitizing procedures on trains and in stations.
CDC-approved sanitizers and disinfectants with 24-hour effectiveness in killing COVID-19 will be in use every day on all frequently used surfaces. This is including, but not limited to, station and on-board train seats, arm rests, floors, door frames, interior hand holds, bathroom sinks, toilets and door knobs.
In addition, we are reinforcing basic methods of protection with all train personnel, and encourage passengers to utilize soap and water onboard the trains for appropriate hand-washing measures.
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Metra Coronavirus response
Dear Metra Customers,
Please know that Metra is doing everything it can to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We understand the importance of regularly cleaning and disinfecting our stations and equipment for the health and safety of our customers and employees. You can read about our efforts below. Customers can do their part, too, by following the guidelines of health professionals to prevent the spread of the virus, including regularly washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and other measures. Metra will remain in touch with federal, state and local health authorities and will make any changes to our procedures as necessary.
Thank you and be safe.