CATS adding plexiglass barriers to hundreds of buses, vans in fight against virus

CATS adding plexiglass barriers to hundreds of buses, vans in fight against virus

CHARLOTTE — CATS is in the process of beefing up measures to protect riders from COVID-19.

The transportation system is outfitting hundreds of buses with equipment designed to make passengers feel better about traveling.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9 reporter Gina Esposito explains what riders can expect.

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CATS is putting plexiglass barriers on nearly 250 buses and transport vans. They’ll be placed between rows of seats so riders don’t breathe or sneeze on the person in front of them.

This is an important step for CATS. The virus has disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic populations, as well as lower-income people -- many of whom take the bus.

CATS officials said there could be more health improvements down the road, including something called “ionization technology” that can clear bus filtration systems of germs or viruses.

CATS is hoping to finish installing the barriers by the end of the month.

CATS public transportation makes changes amid COVID-19