The Imperial County Transportation Commission adjusted to the evolving COVID-19 virus crisis by closing its office to the public as of March 18 but personnel are available by phone and email to assist with transit questions or concerns.
The agency oversees area transit
operations and most routes are still running.
Meetings will now be conducted by
conference call or video conference, explained Mark Baza, executive director.
However, all Imperial Valley College fixed routes are now cancelled at the
request of IVC administrators because of the closure of the campus, Baza noted.
“But currently there are no planned
changes to our regular fixed-route system IVT ACCESS (advanced reservation for
mobility disadvantage), IVT Ride or IVT Med Trans (doctor appointments in San
Diego),” said Baza. “We lost a lot of ridership with IVC students so,
we’re kind of going into summer mode and it certainly cuts into our fare box
revenue but it also cuts down overhead expenses.”
ICTC will monitor ridership levels and
adjust service to comply with government directives owing to the COVID-19
pandemic, Baza added. Staff will continue to carry out their respective duties
but without in-person contact. However, they will maintain regular
communication with the latest information based on recommendations from public
Working closely with Transit First, the
contractor operating the vehicles, ICTC will ensure continuity of service with
bus drivers, maintenance employees and service worker shifts to provide
uninterrupted service to transit users, Baza assured.
Meanwhile, ICTC is cancelling trips for
staff training and administrative conferencing. It is also cancelling
non-essential public meetings or they will be held via video conferencing. The
next ICTC Commission and Local Transportation Authority meeting is scheduled for
“In order to allow flexibility for
board members, we are proposing to host the meeting at our ICTC office using
Zoom Teleconferencing,” said Baza. “This will allow members to
participate in person or remotely from their city or county office.”
But to meet Brown Act requirements remote
participants need to notice their location and post the meeting agenda at that
location in advance. Those attending remotely will receive a follow up with
details. This meeting is essential as board action will be required for fiscal
year 2018-19 audits for IVT transit operations,
In view of the COVID-19 proliferation, I.V.
Transit adopted an enhanced cleaning regimen of all buses. All IVT vehicles are
cleansed daily and undergo deep cleanings with bleach to disinfect surfaces as
recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. Disinfectant is used throughout
the day when opportunities arise. Maintenance teams spot mop bus shelters
Riders can also assume responsibility to
help improve safety, Baza added.
They are reminded to wash hands often with
soap and warm water or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol
content. Riders are advised to avoid close contact with the ill, remain at home
if they fall ill, avoid wearing a mask if not already ill, as well as refrain
from eating while on the bus. All IVT personnel are urged to follow the same
procedures as the riders.