UPDATE 3/21/2020: Schedule After Spring Break
Cherry Service Added
UPDATE 3/21/2020: In response to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CyRide will now be operating an I.S.U. break schedule for the remainder of the Iowa State University spring semester, starting March 23rd. This service will include additional 30-minute service on the #11 Cherry route. CyRide's Dial-A-Ride service providing transit service to individuals with disabilities, operated under contract by HIRTA, will continue to operate as normal. CyRide may be required to make additional changes to service, which will be posted on our website and social media accounts. Passengers may board at the back of the bus on CyRide to maintain adequate social distancing with no fare necessary. Individuals with questions may contact CyRide at (515) 292-1100 for assistance.
CyRide serves the entire Ames community as a public service to all residents. It is essential that CyRide continue to provide transportation to many other Ames residents for work, medical appointments, grocery shopping, as well as primary and secondary education purposes. While university students might remain away from Ames during this period, CyRide will continue to serve those that remain in Ames and need public transit. For instance, students from abroad will need to remain in Ames due to the international travel ban. Further, other essential services provided by the university will remain open during this two-week period including Iowa State's housing and dining facilities. University faculty and essential staff may also travel into campus to provide 'online classes'. We need to be there for those that continue to travel throughout the community. CyRide will evaluate demand for transit services and reassess as the situations progresses.
"The health and safety of our employees, our customers, and the community is our highest priority," said CyRide Transit Director, Barb Neal. "When the novel coronavirus emerged in our area, we quickly implemented several measures in response. CyRide has always maintained a robust cleaning process on all its vehicles and will continue using disinfectants that are effective against viruses. As an extra level of precaution for the COVID-19 outbreak threat, CyRide implemented an enhanced cleaning process, focusing more attention on areas and surfaces which are touched most frequently." (See Video below.)
Working hard behind the scenes to keep you healthy! pic.twitter.com/BV20ya0u5t— CyRide (@CyRide) March 12, 2020
"We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and respond as necessary in partnership with local public health agencies, the City of Ames, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to work together to keep the public safe," Neal said.
You can help CyRide and the Ames community by doing the following:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Cover your mouth with your upper arm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. (Wait a minute! CyRide's already doing this on our buses on a daily basis!)