MCTS deploys more buses to practice social distancing amid COVID-19 pandemic

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Starting Friday, April 3, you will see more Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) buses on the streets amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

A spokesperson tells CBS 58 it's a strategic move to help eliminate crowded buses and so that riders and drivers can practice social distancing. They are also asking riders to wait for another bus if they see one that is full. 

They say MCTS has seen a significant decrease in ridership since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. 

So far, three bus drivers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and all of them were working at the Fond du Lac station. 

Two drivers are recovering at home and one is recovering and back to work. The two who are at home haven't worked since March 20 and March 25. 

Buses are currently free to ride but riders have to use the back door to enter. 

CBS 58 reached out to Amalgamated Transit Local Union 988, who previously had concerns about safety. They tell us fortunately a group donated 400 masks for drivers at the Fond du Lac station to keep them safe. 

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