Schedule, procedure changes with DCT bus system

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Mary Handley
Jerome Stanley is in charge of DCT’s public transportation system.

CAMBRIDGE — Delmarva Community Transit, a division of Delmarva Community Services, Inc. announced March 18, that the system will continue public and specialized transit service in the four-county area, however new safety precautions and route changes will take effect Monday.

“Transit is vital to enabling individuals to get to essential destinations.” DCT Operations Manager Jerome Stanley said. “We understand how important it is to support individuals and the economy, however we are supporting the governor’s request to reduce ridership and we are asking everyone’s cooperation to help us help them.”

Changes to the following Dorchester routes:
Temporarily cancelled – The South Route, Route 9a and the first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth laps of the North route. All other routes remain intact. Riders needing trips at other times are encouraged to call dispatch at 410-221-1910 and individual transport may be a possibility.

Changes to the following Talbot routes:
Temporarily cancelled – Rt. 12, however the 6:15 p.m. bus will be available.
Temporarily cancelled – The second, fourth, sixth and eighth laps of Routes C and D. All other routes remain intact.
Again, riders may call dispatch for possible individual transport.

All riders will be asked four screening questions provided by the CDC before boarding any DCT vehicle. Anyone who answers yes to any of the questions will not be able to board.

Riders are asked to use hand sanitizer on their hands upon boarding and if they don’t have any the drivers can provide while supplies last. DCT is strongly suggesting riders sit one person per two-person seat row.

Extra buses will be provided on routes where one bus is usually filled to capacity. All buses are completely sanitized daily.

“These new actions will require patience,” Mr. Stanley said. “We want to do everything we can to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 and still allow riders who must ride get to their destinations. Riding public transit must be an individual choice and we want to give everyone the information they need to make that decision.”

Transit operations are subject to change at any time. Riders are encouraged to call their local dispatch for updates, questions and concerns.
For more information or questions about DCT public transit, call Mr. Stanley at 410-221-1910.

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Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
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Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
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