Link Transit: Actions Being Taken To Address Coronavirus
Link Transit is a critical life service for those individuals that require access to dialysis treatment, pharmacies, employees at other health and care facilities (workers at medical centers, nursing homes and the like) as well as access to basic food and life supplies for the non-driving population.
We are committed to providing this access and keep our guests who need this critical access and our employees safe during this difficult time.
The safety of our customers and employees is a top priority. Link Transit is actively tracking the progress of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and communicating with the Chelan-Douglas Health District to ensure we are following their guidance moving forward.
We have changed service frequencies and spans on the following routes:
- Route A
- Route B
- Route C
- Route D: Cancelled until further notice
- Route 1
- Route 5
- Route 7
- Route 8E
- Route 8W
- Route 20: no 6:00 PM departure from Olds Station
- Route 21
- Route 22: drop from 22 round trips to 15 round trips
There are no service reductions on Routes 11, 12, 23, 24, 25, 26 or 28, and there are no changes to Saturday service.
In order to maintain a safe environment, we are taking the following actions:
Effective Monday, March 25, Columbia Station in Wenatchee will be open only for our guests to access restrooms and make inquiries at Guest Services. The waiting area will be closed. Hours will be limited to 8 AM - 5 PM Monday - Saturday, with no in-person Guest Service availability on Saturday.
- Keeping our customers safe by keeping our vehicles clean and disinfected. Link Transit has always cleaned and disinfected our buses each day. We are now taking extra measures by adding mid-day disinfecting to buses at transit centers throughout the day, with a focus on “high touch” areas such as handrails and grab bars, using a disinfectant approved by the Centers for Disease control as effective for Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are cleaning public restrooms and waiting areas at Columbia Station throughout the day, and disinfecting these spaces four times a day. Our LinkPlus paratransit vehicles are cleaned and disinfected each day, and LinkPlus drivers have been given disinfecting wipes they can use to wipe down their areas throughout the day. State leaders have asked us to practice “social distancing” when we are able, so on the bus we recommend you sit in every other row, if possible.
- Social Distancing: read more about what we are doing here
- Protecting our employees to keep them healthy and on the job. In order to keep our employees healthy and continuing to serve riders, we have increased the number of cleanings at our headquarters and other employee locations. Our bus and paratransit operators have been provided with disinfecting wipes, gloves and hand sanitizer they can use to keep their driver areas and hands clean. You can help keep yourself, our employees and your fellow transit riders healthy by practicing good hygiene habits on the bus, especially covering your coughs and sneezes. For additional information about how to protect yourself from Coronavirus/COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
- Keeping you informed. We encourage you to sign up for route-by-route text alerts by visiting the mySTOP page on our site, entering your wireless number and selecting the route(s) you ride. You will receive a text message if your route is impacted due to this event. Also, keep an eye on our website for the latest updates, and follow us on Facebook.
We will continue to respond to this event by making customer and employee safety our priority. We are closely monitoring all available information, including updated recommendations from local, state and federal authorities. We will continue to update our customers with any changes to our operations.