CapMetro will also introduce it's Workforce Aid Pass, valid for the month of June, to help those in the community experiencing unemployment continue to receive fare-free rides.
The CARES Act, signed by President Trump on March 27, will help fund operating, administrative, and preventative maintenance expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
To help supplement, CapMetro is now sending MetroAccess vehicles to locations from 2-8 p.m. every weekday.
Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke joins Marcel Clarke to talk about changes to the Project Connect plan.
Capital Metro says the plan has been 20 years in the making and has engaged more than 40,000 people since 2018.
One driver last worked on April 2, one on April 9, and one on March 30, according to CapMetro.
In response to the recently updated CDC guidelines, CapMetro has begun distributing face coverings for employees and staff that are public-facing.
According to the company, the employee passed away on Saturday, April 4 after testing positive earlier in the week for the virus. Cap Metro says the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
The names and current medical conditions of the employees are not being released but Capital Metro has provided information about which routes and dates the bus operators worked so customers can proactively monitor their health.
CapMetro CEO Randy Clarke joins Marcel Clarke to talk about current and future projects and what CapMetro is doing to protect riders.
CapMetro received it's first set of ridership data since the order went into place and on March 26, the company saw a 65% decrease in overall riders.
In a letter to the Congressional delegation, CEO Randy Clarke says CapMetro is "experiencing a significant impact to the financial resources needed to put service on the street."
CapMetro says the changes will go into effect on Wednesday, March 18 and are designed to "protect employees, promote public health and ensure that we continue to provide service to all parts of our community."
The company is asking anyone who feels sick to not use their services, remain at home, and follow health guidelines.
Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke joins Marcel Clarke to discuss the next steps for Project Connect.
A vote by the council is expected to take place in May. If they approve the project, the plan is expected to go to voters on the November ballot.
On Monday, March 9, CapMetro will present its Project Connect system plan recommendation to its board of directors and the Austin City Council.
On Wednesday, CapMetro released a statement saying to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including flu and COVID-19, please follow standard hygiene measures.
"Capital Metro is following guidance from Austin Public Health and continues to monitor the situation involving COVID-19," Cap Metro said in a statement.
No MetroRail, MetroExpress or UT Shuttles services will be available Monday.