On orders from CEO E. Susan Meyer, STA has initiated temporary emergency practices to protect the public and STA employees from the spread of the coronavirus, while continuing to provide essential transportation services to those in need.
Face Coverings Required
In accordance with orders from the Washington State governor and Department of Health, public transit riders are required to wear a face covering while on the bus.
- Complimentary face coverings are available while supplies last, on the bus, and at STA Plaza with pass purchase.
Rides for Seniors
The one-way fare for Rides for Seniors is $2. Fares can be paid in cash or with any other Paratransit payment method (PT One Ride or Paratransit Monthly Pass).
In an effort to protect vulnerable seniors, STA is offering rides to people age 60 and over who must travel to essential destinations. Passengers ride door-to-door in STA Paratransit vans, and passengers per vehicle is limited to maximize social distancing during travel.
- Trips can be scheduled the day before or the same day with at least two hours of advance notice.
- Visit our Rides for Seniors page for more information.
Why are STA buses still running? Is service going to stop?
STA is doing everything possible to maintain regular service during this time of national emergency. Here are some of the main reasons why:
Reducing service levels and taking buses off the road would mean more people on fewer buses.
Current service levels continue to keep all our buses on the road and gives riders more space to maintain social distancing on the bus.
During the coronovirus emergency, many people still need to get to work, buy groceries and go to medical appointments.
Riding a bus during a pandemic
If you take the bus, please follow best practices for maintaining a healthy environment:
- Wear cloth face coverings in public settings and maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
- Spread out to empty seats and sections of the bus.
- Keep away from the driver and stay well behind the yellow line and shield at the front of the bus.
- If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your arm or a tissue.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
Working overtime to keep buses safe
As part of our emergency response, all STA buses and Paratransit vehicles are disinfected daily:
- A neutral pH germicidal disinfectant is used on all contact surfaces.
- Floors are treated with Hi-Con mopping and a hydrofluoric solution.
- Seat cushions are blasted with 300-PSI pressurized shampoo at 2000W.
- The Plaza also has an enhanced disinfection process.