FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2020
MARTA TAKES STEPS TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS, ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES TO REMAIN VIGILANT
ATLANTA - The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and is making informed decisions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The safety of MARTA customers and employees is our top priority and the Authority is taking appropriate measures to prevent the potential spread of the virus.
MARTA will continue to thoroughly clean its facilities, rail stations, buses, and trains, with a focus on high touch areas such as handrails, elevator buttons, escalators, and Breeze machines. Antibacterial and antiviral cleaners are used in the clean-up of bodily fluids.
As with typical colds and cases of flu, you can carry a virus before you are aware of any symptoms. It’s critical to wash your hands often and thoroughly and avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands. Keep tissues handy and cover coughs and sneezes. If you are sick, stay home and report any recent travel to your doctor. Tips for preventing the spread of the virus have been distributed to all MARTA employees and placed in all MARTA facilities.
Immediately notify a MARTA employee if you see something that needs attention on a bus, train, or in a MARTA facility. Customers are also encouraged to use the MARTA Police Department See & Say app to report a concern directly to MARTA's Emergency Preparedness Unit.
Local health authorities have emphasized that widespread transmission of the virus is not occurring, but are planning response measures for the scenario of more cases. MARTA is working with health and transportation officials to plan for an increased response should one become necessary.