Significant changes have been implemented to protect employees working the front lines from exposure. These include rear-door boarding and alighting, eliminating fares, limiting the number of passengers on a bus and intensive disinfectant procedures. The risk to bus operators and front-line maintenance personnel is greatly reduced as a result of these changes. Mitigating the effects of significant losses of revenue combined with significant projected budget deficits are our top priority. Maintaining jobs and ensuring that all on-site workers are provided with a reduced work schedule to minimize the number of days and total hours worked per week remain our top priority. As a result of these efforts, we are unable to offer hazard pay at this time.
At this time, a full shut down is not being considered due to the essential nature of the service we provide. Service has been reduced to an enhanced Sunday schedule which preserves critical uses of transit, such as medical appointments and access for critical workers (food supply, medical, infrastructure, etc.), while discouraging non-essential use of transit.
During early morning pull out, operators can inform dispatch or a maintenance staff member before leaving the garage for new cleaning cloths or to refill their disinfectant spray. During midday hours, inform the yard master and they will provide the material.
HR has created COVID Sick and FMLA codes to track COVID leave. To request emergency paid sick leave or extended FMLA for COVID reasons, contact your supervisor. ViewHR’s bulletin for more information. For more information or for general HR requests, please contact DASH-HR@alexandriava.gov.
Sanitize your hands prior to assisting passengers.
Put on new pair of gloves, located in wheel well compartment of each bus in a brown paper bag. If your bus does not have a wheel well compartment, gloves are located in the overhead compartment behind the operator’s seat.
DASH is providing lifeline transportation service for residents and employees. This includes essential trips to/from medical care facilities which are open later in the evening. It also includes trips for essential service workers whose shifts often extend later in the evening. Based on average hourly ridership data, we are seeing an average of 2-6 boardings per trip between 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. on most routes that continue to run during those times.
Run lengths are designed to minimize the number of operators that are required to work each day. Shorter runs require more operators to report each day. This would impact any extra day(s) off, which we would like to avoid.
Operators are encouraged to instruct passengers to stay six feet from the driver’s seat. Barriers are also being added between ADA seating and the rear door to facilitate physical distancing between operators and passengers.