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RTA installing vinyl barriers in vehicles to protect customers and employees from coronavirus

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Posted at 1:48 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 13:48:23-04

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announced Tuesday that it is installing clear vinyl curtains inside its buses and paratransit cars as a safety measure against COVID-19.

The barriers are made of clear marine-grade vinyl and will create an enclosure that wraps around the driver’s seat from the ceiling to the floor to protect both the driver and riders.

“This barrier will serve to protect both operators and customers from any transfer of droplets and offers an added layer of protection for everyone while on board,” said RTA Chief Operating Officer Floun’say Caver.

The vinyl is similar to what is used on cars with convertible rear windshields and on Jeeps.

RTA said it is installing the vinyl in all 350 of its buses and in 80 of its paratransit vehicles. The barriers are expected to be installed in its full fleet of vehicles by next week.

As of Monday, RTA has had eight employees test positive for the coronavirus.

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