Lextran to require masks, open more routes

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lextran is implementing more safety measures, including requiring passengers to wear masks and opening more route.

The safety steps are in addition to all Lextran employees undergoing daily health screenings and buses and facilities being cleaned and disinfected regularly

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According to an announcement Thursday, beginning Monday, July 13, passengers and employees will be required to wear facial coverings while onboard and at Lextran facilities. In addition, the following routes will resume normal weekday service:

  • Route 2 – Georgetown Road
  • Route 4 – Newtown Pike
  • Route 6 – North Broadway
  • Route 7 – North Limestone
  • Route 9 – Eastland

Rear-door boarding and unloading remain in effect. Onboard vehicle capacity will increase to 50% of the maximum load, however social distancing is encouraged when possible.

“We are seeing an uptick in our passenger loads as the community reopens and shifts towards a new normal. With this phased approach, we have attempted to balance the health and safety of our employees and customers while also meeting more of the travel needs of our community,” said Lextran General Manager Carrie Butler.

The next phase is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 27, when Route 14 – UK Blue/White resumes service on a limited schedule. On Saturday August 1, customer service will resume normal Saturday operations from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The third phase begins on Monday, August 9 at which time the following routes resume regular weekday service:

  • Route 1 – Woodhill Drive
  • Route 11 – Richmond Road
  • Route 12 – Leestown Road
  • Route 13 – South Broadway
  • Route 16 – Southland Drive

In all phases, rear-door boarding and unloading remain in effect. There is no fare collection at this time. Passengers and employees are encouraged to continue social distancing when possible.

Lextran reserves the right to extend, amend, or modify plans as needed to protect public health.