May 14, 2020:
During the temporary closure of the St. Johnsbury Park and Ride, RCT passengers may park at 817 Bay Street, St. Johnsbury. No overnight or weekend parking is allowed. RCT will replace the scheduled Park and Ride stop with stops at 817 Bay Street. Please also check our Facebook Page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Rural-Community-Transportation-105820937783468/
May 1, 2020:
Per Addendum 12 to Executive Order 01-20, “The traveling and commuting public shall wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are using public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains and ride services and when in a mass transportation station or terminal, including airports.” All passengers must wear a face covering/mask on all RCT vehicles. To read Addendum 12 to Executive Order 01-20, please go here: https://governor.vermont.gov/sites/scott/files/documents/ADDENDUM%2012%20TO%20EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%2001-20%20.pdf
Effective Monday, May 4, RCT will be temporarily suspending the VT Route 15/14 Commuter route and replacing it with a Dial-A-Ride system. Please read this important notice regarding this change: Vermont 15_14 Commuter Change
April 14, 2020:
All passengers of RCT vehicles are now required to wear a cloth face covering/mask. Please make sure you have a face covering or mask in place prior to boarding. Drivers will be asking all passengers to put their face covering in place before allowing entry to the vehicle.
April 3, 2020:
Effective Wednesday, April 8, RCT will be temporarily suspending the Jay-Lyn/Jay-Lyn Express and Highlander shuttle bus routes and replacing them with a Dial-A-Ride system. Please read this important notice regarding this change: Circulator Suspension Notice
Per the latest CDC guidelines, RCT recommends all passengers wear cloth face coverings or masks while in public, including while riding the bus or other RCT vehicle.
March 30, 2020:
Effective Wednesday, April 1, the VT Route 15/14 Commuter bus will return to normal operations, both in the morning and afternoon.
March 27, 2020:
Effective Monday, March 30, the Jay/Lyn Shuttle will return to normal operations, serving all published stops and times.
The Twin City route, both AM and PM runs, will be suspended beginning on Monday, March 30.
Please remember, if you are sick, DO NOT ride the bus. If you have alternate means of transportation, DO NOT ride the bus. If you can stay at home, DO NOT ride the bus. We are asking that nurses, doctors, child care workers, first responders, transit workers, and anyone with no other transportation options to be the only riders.
March 25, 2020:
Due to operational issues, we are suspending the afternoon run of the 15/14 Commuter Route effective immediately. The morning run will operate as scheduled.
March 24, 2020:
The 6:00AM run (departing from Marshfield) of the US2 Commuter operated by Green Mountain Transit (GMT) will be suspended starting tomorrow, March 25. For updates on GMT’s service, please visit https://ridegmt.com/covid-19-update/
March 19, 2020:
Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, RCT will be suspending the afternoon service of the Twin City route effective Friday, 3/20/2020.
If you are in need of transportation to an essential appointment, please contact RCT at (802) 748-8170.
March 18, 2020:
To increase social distancing measures, we are:
- Asking all passengers who can self-transport to do so and not ride the bus.
- Asking all passengers who are able to stay home to do so and not ride the bus.
- Asking that nurses, doctors, child care workers, first responders, transit workers, and anyone with no other transportation options to be the only riders.
RCT will be suspending the Island Pond route (operates every Thursday) and Kingdom Shopper 2 (operates 4th Wednesday of each month). For anyone needing transportation to essential appointments, please call RCT at (802) 748-8170.
March 17, 2020:
Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, RCT will be suspending the Greenleaf Shopper (operates 2nd & 4th Tuesday) and Johnson Shopper (operates 1st & 3rd Thursday). Limiting interaction on-board our buses will help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others passengers and to our transit operators. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and resume operation of these shopper routes when we feel it is safe for passengers and staff.
As COVID-19 developments continue, changes to RCT’s regular service schedule may occur rapidly. For the latest updates, please review the Alerts section of our website: www.RideRCT.org.
RCT takes the health and safety of our passengers and clients seriously. RCT management is in frequent contact with VTrans regarding COVID-19 updates and best practices for preventing the spread of coronavirus. All RCT buses and vans are cleaned with sanitizing products multiple times per day. In addition, RCT staff and volunteer drivers are provided the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding preventative actions to protect from respiratory illness.
The CDC recommends the following to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.