Campus Shuttle Operations Policy
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there will be several significant changes to the operating procedures of the College shuttles for 2020-2021. Every effort will be made to maintain shuttle operations while reducing the risks of COVID-19 exposure for both drivers and passengers. York College has referenced the COVID-19 Pandemic recommendations of the American Public Transportation Association in creating this policy.
Shuttle Routes and Operating Hours
In an effort to reduce the time that passengers will spend inside the shuttle, and to help address the capacity limitations due to social distancing considerations, Campus Shuttles will operate on an express route only, from 7:00 AM-9:30 PM, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Three stops will be included in the route which includes the shuttle stop by the Spring Garden Apartments on west campus, the Northside Commons shuttle stop and the shuttle stop on main campus by Wolf Hall. After 9:30 PM the shuttle will pick up and drop off at each of the seven designated stops on campus.
Given the limited shuttle passenger capacity for 2020-2021, priority seating will be given to students who are wheelchair bound or have ambulatory challenges. Students who are able, are encouraged to walk, bike, or drive if possible.
During the "Green Phase" of the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, the shuttle will operate at 50% of the seated capacity of each shuttle. No standing will be permitted. The maximum occupancy for most shuttles in this phase will be 13.
During the "Yellow Phase", or upon determination by the College administration, in the event of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive campus community members or community spread, the shuttle will operate at 25% capacity to allow for true social distancing. No standing will be permitted. The maximum occupancy for most of the shuttles in this phase will be 7.
Campus shuttles will not run in the “Red Phase”
Passenger Safety Requirements
Passengers should not ride if they have any indication that they might be ill, have a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
All passengers will be required to wear a face mask at all times while on the shuttle.
Passengers must use only the available open seats on the shuttle. No passenger will be permitted to sit in any seat that has been blocked off and closed. No standing will be permitted.
Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed on all shuttles for the use of passengers.
Ventilation and Disinfection
The shuttles will be operating with the windows open when possible to increase ventilation and air flow.
The HVAC systems on the shuttle will using settings to allow for maximum fresh air circulation. Filters will be changed at regular intervals.
The shuttles will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals using the appropriate disinfectants approved by the EPA for effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.
Dry sweeping will be avoided
Driver Safety and Responsibilities
Drivers are required to stay home if they have any indication that they might be ill or have a fever. They must follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine if they suspect they have, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
The driver compartment will be protected Plexiglas partitions.
Passenger seats located immediately behind the driver will be blocked off.
Drivers shall wear a face mask when operating the shuttle
Hand sanitizer, gloves and disinfecting wipes or spray and paper towels will be available to the driver.
Drivers shall wipe down the steering wheel, seatbelt, console and other frequent touchpoints as part of the pre-trip routine.
Lost and found items should be handled with gloves, limiting exposure to items.
Drivers shall use supplied disinfectant to spray and disinfect inside the shuttle at regular, established intervals.
Drivers shall monitor passenger loads and advise of load capacity to allow for established passenger spacing.