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TARTA Cleaning Crews Keep Riders and Drivers Safe During COVID-19


Alongside healthcare workers, grocery store employees, and other essential workers, the cleaning crew at the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) have played a critical role during the coronavirus pandemic by providing a safe environment for public transit drivers and riders in the Toledo area.


Tasked with the daily maintenance of facilities, buses and much more, the cleaning crew ensures the cleanliness of TARTA buildings like the Downtown Hub transit center and the Toledo Area Regional Paratransit Service (TARPS). Crews are on site daily thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces, fueling buses, checking fluids and making sure vehicles are cleaned for the next day of service.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cleaning protocols for crews have become more aggressive to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect staff from possible exposure.


With COVID-19, now cleanliness has gotten even more of a priority.  We are now disinfecting driver areas wiping down everything from steering wheels to all handrails, seats and mopping the buses daily.” said Peggy McConoughey, a TARPS night service employee.


McConoughey also offered words of encouragement to staff during these challenging times.


During this time, I just want people to know that we need to help each other out, not with just doing our jobs, but life in general.  We can get through anything if we work together.  Let’s all do our part and get though any obstacles that we come face to face with.”


TARTA has also enlisted the help of partners like Team Johnson, Toledo Building Service, AAA Standard Service and Goodwill Industries to clean TARTA buses and facilities.


Adding another level of cleaning power, Toledo Building Service and AAA Standard Service have also implemented disinfectant fogger technology. This product provides elevated protection against the spread of germs by covering all surfaces including those that are hard to reach.


To date, Team Johnson, a cleaning and detailing agency based in Swan Creek Township, has cleaned nearly 150 buses out of 191 fleetwide. The cleaning agency has been contracted to continue deep cleaning coaches until further notice.


Goodwill Industries has also been working closely with TARTA during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assisting with the cleaning of shelters and buses, members of Goodwill Industries disinfect buses each Sunday for the next week of service.


For more information about TARTA’s COVID-19 rider safety guidelines and available services, visit www.tarta.com.  




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