by Allen Pierleoni
Sacramento Regional Transit District has been a national model when it comes to implementing conscientious protocols that keep its customers and employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
For instance, a creative offshoot of its “Wearing is Caring” campaign features volunteers handing out free face masks to riders at light rail stations and transit centers across the region.
SacRT also operates other pandemic-oriented enterprises in partnership with local nonprofits, private businesses and government agencies. They range from fresh food delivery to the underserved to buses equipped with free WiFi hot spots.
“With the advent of the coronavirus, SacRT has opportunities to adapt with new services that provide public benefits to the community,” says Jofil Borja, SacRT Senior Community and Government Relations Officer. “We’re not just a transit agency; we really want to provide a lifeline to help.”
The following transportation deployment services are offered on an as-needed, call-and-request basis for situations that benefit the public (social distancing is required), require broadband connectivity, and that occur within SacRT district boundaries.
“We are more than happy to explore any avenues to helping the community,” Borja says.
Food-distribution programs: In partnership with Sacramento Republic FC and Raley’s Indomitable Hands program, bags of freshly cooked and heat-and-eat entrees and salads can be delivered to at-risk home-bound seniors (age 65+) who are in self-isolation or quarantine.
Also, SacRT shuttle buses can transport boxes of food from farmers’ markets directly to distribution sites and to residents impacted by the pandemic.
WiFi Buses: Two buses serving as free wireless super-hotspots can be deployed to events in the public interest. For instance, two nonprofits recently approached SacRT with the idea of an outdoor health fair. Also, the buses were used to help with U.S. Census training.
“That’s where we’re fitting in—adapting and helping each other as much as we can,” Borja says.
To make arrangements for any of these services, and for more information, contact Jofil Borja at 916-317-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org.