Ben-Franklin Transit adding hand sanitizer dispensers to all fixed route buses

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — The Ben-Franklin Transit is adding hand sanitizer dispensers to all their fixed route buses, similar to their Dial-A-Ride vehicles.

According to Ali Madison, the company’s Director of Marketing and Communications, they’re adding portable sanitizing devices that their trained cleaning professionals will implement upon arrival. They have 66 buses in active service that will get the sanitizer units. 95 Dial-A-Rides already have them.

“We are in the process of bringing on additional contract staff on a temporary basis to assist with these efforts,” Ben-Franklin Transit said in a statement. “We will also be communicating with passengers on social media, our website, and via onboard signage to help convey measures they can also take to help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.”

Madison said their passenger vehicles are cleaned daily with hospital-grade disinfectants, which they will continue.

“BFT will coordinate and align response efforts closely with the Benton-Franklin Health District and Washington State Department of Health as the situation develops or warrants,” the statement said.