Jacksonville Transportation Authority disinfecting fleet everyday as coronavirus spreads

Jacksonville Transportation Authority disinfecting fleet everyday as coronavirus spreads

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville’s buses are getting a deep cleaning as the coronavirus spreads.

On Tuesday, Curstina Littleton told Action News Jax she relies on JTA’s Skyway and buses to get to work.

Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau got on board with a member of JTA’s cleaning crew for a firsthand look at what they’re doing to disinfect their fleet.

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“A lot of people get up, sit down, get up, sit down, fall asleep on the train – that’s germs,” explained Littleton.

Action News Jax reporter Beth Rousseau got onboard with a member of JTA’s cleaning crew for a firsthand look at what they’re doing to disinfect their fleet.

JTA spokesperson David Cawton said, “Right now we’re really monitoring what the city of Jacksonville’s Emergency Operations Center is doing and taking our cues from them.”

According to Cawton, drivers have access to masks and the entire fleet is washed down every day – as are the skyway cars.

He said leaders are keeping a close eye on the coronavirus.

“We’re certainly monitoring the situation and evaluating all of our different options -- that could mean more frequent washes, maybe adding more hand sanitizer and adding the availability of those supplies at our stations or on board our buses,” explained Cawton.

Littleon said she takes comfort knowing the steps being taken to keep her main method of transportation free of the virus.