September 29, 2020 (Columbus, OH) – Safety remains a top priority for public transportation providers. As such, the Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) today is launching Ride Easy Ohio, a campaign highlighting safety initiatives to maintain public transportation as a safe and viable option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the state of Ohio, transit systems are taking significant steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Best practices include wearing facial coverings, practicing social distancing when possible, cleaning and sanitizing vehicles and facilities, practicing safe hygiene, and employee self-monitoring. In addition, transit systems are working closely with local and state health agencies to develop policies and procedures in conjunction with guidelines issued by governing municipalities.
“The Ride Easy Ohio campaign highlights the enormous amount of precaution our public transportation providers undertake to provide safe and reliable transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohioans can ride easy knowing that their public transit systems will provide safe and reliable transportation while continuing to connect them to jobs, housing, education, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities throughout our urban and rural areas.” Matt Carle, Executive Director, OPTA
OPTA recognizes the vital role public transit has played during the pandemic. Ohioans can ride easy knowing public transit systems will continue prioritizing the safety and well-being of passengers and employees.
OPTA is the primary advocate for public transportation in Ohio. The association provides leadership, resources, training, support, technical assistance, media outreach, public engagement, and governmental relations services to public and private transit agencies and businesses across the state.