Addressing COVID-19

A Message to the Public

Your health and safety are a top priority to OATS Transit! As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 virus, of top concern has been the health and well-being of our riders and drivers. We need your help in keeping OATS Transit buses safe for everyone!

  • Please do not ride if you are sick! The CDC recommends staying home until you are free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines.

Know that we are taking the CDC’s recommendations very seriously and will be limiting non-essential service. Many places where the public gathers – libraries, restaurants, senior centers, and schools – are already closed and we expect more closures in the coming days. For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

What We Are Doing

Our drivers are doing everything they can to keep the buses safe by following our bus cleaning policy; practicing good hygiene including frequent hand washing; and by following instructions to not report to work if they are sick.​ Below are some things that we are doing to help keep everyone safe.

  • Ensuring employees do not come to work if they are sick


  • Providing drivers with additional cleaning and disinfecting supplies


  • Emphasizing driver training on:​

  1. Proper handwashing/hand sanitizer use

  2. Disinfecting/Cleaning processes

  3. Increasing frequency of cleaning/disinfecting busses​

  • Educating riders to refrain from non-essential transportation if they are sick

Our Service

We will continue to update this page with the latest developments. Please check back periodically to see any service or route changes, or follow our social media pages. If you have questions or would like to schedule a ride, please call your local office. Phone numbers can be found on our bus schedules page by clicking on your county. You can read our initial message to the public on our blog.

  • ESSENTIAL SERVICE ONLY: As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, OATS Transit is offering only essential service at this time and limiting the number of people on the bus to facilitate social distancing. For the safety of our drivers and riders, all other service requests will be put on hold until further notice.

  • Jefferson County-JeffCo Express: City of Arnold route delayed until further notice. Blue & Green routes suspended until further notice. At this time only essential service trips will be allowed on OATS Transit & JC Transit buses, and seating will be limited to maintain social distancing.

  • St. Louis & St. Charles County: all operations suspended until further notice.

  • Kirk-Tran: the Kirk-Tran deviated fixed route will be suspended until further notice.

Updated: 03/25/2020


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