COVID-19 Safety Tips for Commuters


Published on August 03, 2020

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No matter how you commute to UCSF – whether that be via public transit, ride share (Uber, Lyft, taxi), bike, carpool, or driving alone – we want you to get to campus safely.

We have summarized general safety tips below. 

All Transportation
• Wear a face covering over nose and mouth.
• Carry sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Wash your hands often and thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing; dispose of tissues at nearest waste receptacle.
• Socially distance by staying away from other passengers as much as possible.
• Take your UCSF daily health screening prior to starting your commute. Stay home when you are sick.

Public Transportation
• Check the applicable websites for up-to-date information on rider safety and service alerts or changes.
• Travel during non-peak commute hours whenever possible.
• Spread out and use cars with fewer passengers.
• Use less popular routes with fewer passengers.
• Whenever possible, avoid high-touch surfaces such as turnstiles, poles, handrails and use touchless payment.
• Be mindful of seating configurations and avoid sitting ‘face to face’ with other passengers.
• Minimize use of your phone and sanitize after use.
• Avoid eating/drinking as this requires taking off your mask and touching your face.

Rideshare (Uber, Lyft, taxi)
• Avoid high-touch surfaces such as the door frames and handles, windows, and other vehicle parts.
• Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle.
• Sit in the back seat to maintain distance from the driver.
• Improve ventilation by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode.

Shared Bikes & Scooters
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as handlebars, gears, braking handles, locks, and shared equipment before using.

Carpooling
• Find other UCSF employees near you and explore carpool options at MyCommute.ucsf.edu
• Limit the number of passengers in the vehicle.
• Improve ventilation by opening the windows or setting the air ventilation/air conditioning on non-recirculation mode.
• Follow cleaning protocols for personal vehicles below.

Personal Vehicles, Driving Alone
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly, including steering wheel, gear shift, door frame/handles, windows, radio/temperature dials, and seatbelt buckles.
• When using parking meters and pay stations, consider using alcohol wipes to disinfect surfaces or use hand sanitizer after use.

Remember: if you are not feeling well, stay home.

For more information, go to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Public Transit Safety Protocols and Service
SFMTA (Muni) and BART are navigating evolving public health orders and San Francisco Department of Public Health recommendations. For more information on their public transit recover plans, visit:
Muni safety measures.
BART safety measures.

Muni Changes to Bus and Rail Service Start August 22
Beginning Saturday, August 22, SFMTA will bring back, extend and improve frequencies on several targeted bus routes, in addition to restarting modified Muni Metro service. With the restart of Muni Metro, Muni will repurpose buses that had been operating in place of rail lines to add service on other routes.

For a summary of upcoming service changes, click here.

Masks or face coverings are required on Muni. If traveling on Muni, give yourself extra time. You may need to wait longer for a bus with available space and avoid riding buses that are half full or more for physical distancing.

Muni is addressing past problems, like subway crowding and transit delay. To keep subway service moving—which is particularly critical for minimizing health risks for passengers and operators—some routes will be surface-only service and customers will transfer at Church and at the West Portal station to connect to subway service. Get route-specific details here.

In addition, Muni will be creating temporary emergency transit lanes allow buses to complete their routes in less time and turn around back into service more quickly, picking up customers more frequently to reduce crowding and provide more space on board to socially distance. Additional information can be found on the Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes webpage SFMTA.com/TempLanes.

BART’s 15-Step Recovery Plan
To welcome back riders and regain confidence in public transit, BART is implementing a 15-step plan that includes:
• Cleaning using hospital-grade disinfectant in stations and on-board trains.
• Use of electrostatic foggers that spray disinfecting mist that coats and clings to surfaces. All cars are fogged every 24 hours.
• Station touchpoints are wiped down multiple times each day.
• Long trains are running all day to allow passengers to spread out.
• The frequency of trains will increase based on ridership data to help with social distancing.

Read the entire 15-step plan on the BART website.


Explore your Commute Options
Many things have changed in the past few months, including how we get around. To explore options for your commute, start with MyCommute.ucsf.edu. You will find sustainable transportation options tailored to your starting location and destination, including options for carpool, vanpool, public transit, biking and more.

For more information, about UCSF Transportation’s carpool, vanpool, biking services, and more, please explore additional pages of our website:Transportation.ucsf.edu.