For Immediate Release
From: Jeff Hazen
Sunset Empire Transportation District
SUNSET EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS FOR ALL BUS RIDERS
Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced it is requiring all bus riders to wear a face covering when riding any of the District buses. Executive Director Jeff Hazen said, “The face covering requirement is in compliance with the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) transit requirements released on May 15th.” The OHA defines a face covering as; “Face covering” means a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and the mouth.” Hazen said any of the face coverings defined by OHA are acceptable on the bus. Hazen also said that the OHA face covering requirement excludes riders who are under two years of age, have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe when wearing a face covering or have a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering. Executive Director Hazen said that all SETD bus routes are currently running on normal schedules but have limited capacity due to rider spacing requirements. SETD buses continue to have enhanced disinfecting protocols in place throughout the day and a total disinfection being done every evening.
For questions or more information contact Mary Parker 503-861-5370 or [email protected]
SETD’s second electronic Budget Committee Meeting scheduled for May 21st from 3-5 pm has been cancelled. For more information contact Executive Director Jeff Hazen at [email protected] or 503-861-5399.
TRANSIT UPDATE: Oregon Health Authority
May 15, 2020
Covid 19 Reopening Guidance
Please only use transit if necessary.
Cloth or paper face coverings that cover nose and mouth are required
Allow 3 feet spacing between Riders
Allow 6 feet spacing from Driver
Drivers will not allow new boarding if bus has reached passenger limits
Thank you for helping keep our community safe!
For more information: Call 503-861-5399
Due to the current social distancing requirements Sunset Empire Transportation District’s public meetings will be held electronically via Zoom. Access information to join the SETD Zoom public meetings will be available in advance on each meeting’s individual meeting notice on the SETD website (nwconnector.org). SETD public meetings include all Board of Commissioners meetings, workshops, Budget Committee meetings and any other SETD required public meetings. Your voice may be muted upon entering the meeting. The host will unmute you if you are on the agenda or a scheduled guest.
For meetings where public comment is accepted, please refer to the individual SETD meeting notice on the SETD website (nwconnector.org) for public comment submission instructions and deadlines. Thank you for your interest and support of Sunset Empire Transportation District and your understanding of any technical difficulties that may arise. Please contact Mary Parker at [email protected] or 503-861-5370 for more information.
Effective March 25th, 2020 through May 31st, 2020, bus fare is temporarily suspended on all bus routes and paratransit within Clatsop County. March monthly passes will be valid through May 31st.
Effective March 25th, 2020, the Astoria Transit Center and Seaside Transit Office are closed to the public. Tickets for the NW Point bus can be purchased online at https://www.amtrak.com/home.html. For local transit information, please email [email protected] or call 503-440-6659. Use the Transit app to find out when your bus will arrive.
LATEST UPDATE – Tuesday, April 29th @ 5:00pm
RIDER ALERT EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4TH
Effective Monday, May 4, 2020 the District will require all passengers to wear face masks. These masks may be manufactured masks or cloth facial coverings.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order on Monday, March 23rd at 10:30am immediately directing Oregonians to “Stay home, stay healthy” to the maximum extent possible except for carrying out essential tasks to include groceries, pharmacy and health care needs.
Tillamook County Transportation District (TCTD) is closely following recommendations made by the Oregon Health Authority, which has not recommended limiting the following District’s transit services.
- All In-County buses are operating under normal schedules.
- All Inter-City services to Portland and Salem are operating under normal schedules.
- Dial-A-Ride services are limited to essential trips whenever possible.
- Administrative Office Hours are Monday-Friday by appointment only. Please call 503-815-8283 to schedule.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SAFETY
- If you are sick, please stay home.
- Only travel for essential tasks include groceries, pharmacy and health care needs.
- Frequently wash your hands.
- Practice “social distancing” by maintaining a minimum distance of 6 feet from others and limiting travel to necessity. There are fewer passengers riding buses and there is adequate room on the buses to be at least six feet from other riders.
WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR YOUR SAFETY
- Regularly cleaning all buses and vans daily.
- Throughout the day, staff are wiping down all touch points on District vehicles.
- Throughout the day, staff are wiping down touch points at the Transit Visitors’ Center and all other District facilities.
Below are links for additional information:
March 23, 2020 – Governor Brown’s Executive Order: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/jkAULYKcSh6DoDF8wBM0_EO%2020-12.pdf