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Metro GM Comments on Swine Flu Precautions

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. just finished up an online discussion on the transit authority's Web site, and he had some things to say in response to riders' questions about using the transit system. Here they are.

Catoe: There is a great deal of news coverage on the Swine Flu, and many of you may be wondering whether or not you should ride on transit. Of course, we all have commitments both personal and professional that require us to move around. Most of the time, I choose Metro to do that, and I will continue to do so.

When making your decision as to how to travel, consider two things. First, that Metro has put a flu response plan in place. Every flu season we disinfect our trains and buses with a hospital grade disinfectant, and we will continue that during this flu episode. We will also do the same for our MetroAccess vehicles. In stations, we disinfect the touch surfaces (fare machines, fare gates, etc.) regularly, and we've activated a Metro task force to deal with flu-related issues.

We've begun an internal information campaign for our employees so that they know how to reduce their risk and we've also begun an information campaign in our system to highlight those same risk reducers for customers.

Second, when deciding, remember that the best defense is to wash your hands regularly, stay home if you're sick, and cover your mouth with your sleeve if you cough or sneeze.

By Robert Thomson  |  May 1, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  
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