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Holiday Schedule Changes
AppalCART will be closed for Christmas, Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th. The Service will resume on Saturday, December 26, 2020. For additional information click here.
Temporary Night Owl Schedule Changes Beginning January 21, 2020
In an effort to better utilize our resources in the most effective and efficient manner possible, AppalCART will be temporarily changing the operating hours of the Night Owl routes beginning Thursday, January 21, 2021. The Night Owl Pop 105, Night Owl Express, and Night Owl Gold routes will close at 12 am each night (The Night Owl operates on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during the fall and spring semesters.). AppalCART closely monitored ridership during the fall 2020 semester. A recent analysis of our ridership and surveys completed by passengers utilizing the Night Owl service indicates significantly lower demand after midnight. This is a temporary move due to the COVID-19 event and we hope to resume the full service in the fall of 2021.
AppalCART Board Meeting, January 25, 2021
The August AppalCART Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Due to a continued need for social distancing measures associated with the COVID-19 event, the Board will be unable to meet as group at our facility. However, we have made arrangements to conduct the meeting via a Zoom meeting.
Individuals who wish to address the Board during remote public participation or view the meeting can do so through Zoom either online or by phone. If you wish to provide public comment or view the meeting, email Director Craig Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 828-297-1300 ext 104 and you will be provided an invitation to the meeting. All registrations must be completed by 12:00 pm on the day of the meeting.
Face Covering Requirement
As the COVID-19 event lingers, AppalCART wants to take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees and passengers. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the COVID-19 virus while on an AppalCART vehicle, all passengers are required to wear a face covering on AppalCART vehicles or in an AppalCART facility.
Face coverings will not be required for those who are under 5 years old, or who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition.
We appreciate the patience and compliance of all of our passengers as we work to provide the safest transportation possible.
AppalCART Measures To Prevent the Spread of the Coronsavirus o Night Owl until Thursday,
In addition to standard AppalCART cleaning and upkeep, we have taken the following additional precautionary measures in response to the evolving COVID-19 epidemic:
spraying and wiping bus and van “touch” areas - door handles, seat backs, and hold rails multiple times each day with commercial disinfecting spray.
spraying and wiping door handles, common areas, and surfaces throughout AppalCART building facilities twice a day with commercial disinfectant.
providing sanitizing wipes for AppalCART staff including bus operators.
Use of sanitizing pumps throughout AppalCART facilities.
Making masks available to all employees and passengers.
Glove distribution to all operators.
Spot sanitizing on buses throughout the day.
Separation barrier installed to promote additional social distancing behind bus operator at rear of wheel well.
Deep cleaning the entire fleet and facilities.
Increasing ventilation on our buses by opening vents and windows.
We want all of our passengers to feel safe while utilizing our service and to know that we are taking measures to prevent the spread of disease or viruses on our vehicles.
Please maintain social distancing guidelines while using our service (6 ft from other passengers and drivers.
For more information concerning steps to prevent the Coronavirus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html .
AppalCART Is Hiring!
AppalCART accepting applications for safe and courteous drivers. Employment information can found here.