Milwaukee County Transit System launches ridership limits amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 5:34 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 18:35:37-04

MILWAUKEE — Another day during the coronavirus pandemic meant new rules for Milwaukee County Transit Bus riders.

Thursday, MCTS began limiting the number of riders per bus to ten.

While the new rule was inconvenient for some, riders said it was necessary.

"It's nice. Just ten people on the bus," said rider Annie Bates.

Fewer people on a bus meant approximately 200 buses ran countywide on Thursday. In turn, pickups were more frequent, free, and used for essential trips only.

However, passenger limits meant some riders were passed up by buses at capacity. Another bus would be alerted to pick them up by a dispatcher.

"That's pretty good. We need that," said Dondrell Hibbler.

MCTS said so far two of his bus operators, and one bus operator trainee tested positive for COVID-19. One person has fully recovered, and two others are recovering at home.

MCTS said it's very likely more buses will be added to routes soon to make sure everyone gets where they need to go in a timely fashion.

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