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!

Precautions we have put into place for the foreseeable future include:

  • Riders are asked to wear masks/face coverings while on board the bus to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Riders should refrain from riding the bus if experiencing a fever or other forms of sickness. If you are sick, or have had recent contact with someone with coronavirus, do not board the bus until it’s deemed safe to do so. 

  • Social distancing requirements are still in place on our buses and probably will be for some time. Seating capacity has been reduced to help us maintain proper distance and reduce the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hand often with soap and water- before and after boarding the bus - and even during your trip if you can. If soap and water are not accessible, use hand sanitizer.

  • If you're using a wheelchair, please turn your head when the driver is securing your wheelchair to limit exposure to germs.

  • Drivers are cleaning the buses on a routine basis. Our drivers are supplied with personal protective equipment to help them with this additional duty and to ensure your bus is clean and properly sanitized.

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.

  • OATS Transit Operations: Most of the OATS Transit service area has returned to regular service. There are still some areas where service is limited, or the funding agencies we contract with have opted to hold off on service. Please call your local OATS Transit office to inquire about service in your area. Riders are encouraged to wear face masks, and practice social distancing measures while on the buses.

  • Jefferson County-JeffCo Express: The JeffCo Express blue and green routes, and the Arnold City route, are back to regular operations as of May 4. The Arnold City route will operate Monday – Friday, 7am to 5pm; the blue and green routes will operate Monday–Friday 7am to 7pm. Riders are encouraged to wear face masks, and practice social distancing measures while on the buses.

  • Kirk-Tran: the Kirk-Tran deviated fixed route remains closed at this time, however regular OATS Transit service is still available in Adair County.

Updated: 05/21/2020

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