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Agencies Served Eclipse Riders

Public transit agencies in four communities shared how they prepared in advance for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

In Salem, OR, Cherriots Director of Communications Patricia Feeny said the agency provided riders with digital and print information about the eclipse, and as a safety precaution, paused all bus service for five minutes during the totality period.

On the opposite coast, the Greenville Transit Authority (Greenlink) prepared for the nearly two million visitors expected in South Carolina. Nicole McAden, marketing and public affairs specialist for Greenlink, said the agency avoided a staff storage by hosting a pizza party and giving away commemorative T-shirts to employees who worked throughout the event. Only one operator was away from the job.

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (RideKC) distributed information about how to view the eclipse safely. To ensure safety on the roads, RideKC halted all operations for the duration of the natural phenomenon and allowed passengers to get off buses for a better view.

St. Louis Metro External Communications Manager Jerry Vallely said his agency held all its MetroLink light rail vehicles at stations for a few minutes during the eclipse “out of an overabundance of safety.”

He continued, “Everything went well with the solar eclipse in St. Louis. It consumed everyone in the region. We don’t have ridership numbers yet, but a lot of people did choose to ride Metro to get around and avoid the anticipated traffic that everyone was worried about.”

Maintenance employees at Cherriots in Salem, OR, watched the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse through their special glasses.

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