Operator Terry Brown lives with and cares for his 72-year-old mom, whose lungs collapsed a few years ago and is especially susceptible to COVID-19.
So when it comes time to work, he doesn’t think twice about covering his face. His plea to those boarding: return the favor.
“That’s what we’re wishing for, but it’s not always the case,” Brown said.
Brown is among several frontline transit workers – representing Blacksburg, Va., Milwaukee, Wis., and Seattle, Wash., among other cities – who recently stepped in front of the camera to share why they wear masks and need others to do the same.
At Metro Transit, the reminders have front-and-center for months, appearing on overhead displays, fareboxes, shelters, stations and online. Nearly 100,000 masks have also been distributed at busy boarding areas and operators and officers continue to carry supplies for those who need them.
The efforts will continue throughout 2021, even as more people in the community become vaccinated.
So please, wherever you ride, whenever you ride remember to wear a mask. We’re all In This Together.