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Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Last modified: September 8, 2020, 2:15 p.m. The information on this page is subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Transportation and Parking Services is working closely with Auxiliary Services and the University to ensure we all return to a safe and healthy environment by adhering to social distancing guidelines and paying special attention to the sanitation of parking decks and buses.

 


UGA Bus Service Updates

Information on Fall 2020 Bus Routes Changes

Transportation and Parking Services has worked with UGA’s Student Government Association to evaluate and optimize campus bus routes for the Fall semester. Student feedback, data collection, SGA surveys, and circumstances such as construction projects are a large part of the evaluation and planning process for any bus route change. This year, the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presented additional challenges to bus service. To ensure the safety of all passengers by keeping crowding to a minimum, Transportation and Parking Services is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on reduced occupancy on buses. To off-set this challenge, many routes have been shortened to provide quicker and more frequent service through campus. The two groups also partnered to eliminate redundancies to allow more transit support in areas with higher ridership demand, maximize the distance electric buses can operate per day, and update the naming convention for all bus routes.  

Detailed information on bus route changes for the Fall semester is available here.

 


UGA Parking Service Updates

Football Parking Permit Registration

We are working closely with the University and Athletics to plan football parking logistics for the upcoming season. We are monitoring campus, local, state, and national rules and recommendations to guide our decisions and will provide updates on the status of football parking registration once they become available. Thank you for your patience.

 


 

Please note this video is intended to be an example of our temporarily adjusted procedures and filmed with a small group to adhere to Phase 1 reopening guidelines in place at the time of filming.

 


DawgCheck: Commit to a Healthy Campus

The University of Georgia is committed to the health and safety of our campus and our community. Immediate self-reporting is critical to helping us assess and respond to risks and exposures on campus. That’s why we’ve created DawgCheck: an easy-to-use, COVID-19 self-screening tool.

With DawgCheck, track symptoms related to COVID-19 before coming to campus and report a positive COVID-19 test. No symptoms? Great! But we still ask that you respond through DawgCheck before visiting campus. COVID-19 carriers can be asymptomatic, so using the DawgCheck tool before every visit is crucial to help us be proactive in stopping the spread.

If you test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of visitng campus, we ask that you report your test results through DawgCheck to facilitate contact tracing. 

Access DawgCheck through the UGA app or online at dawgcheck.uga.edu.

If you are a visitor to campus, scroll down to the section For Individuals without a MyID Account to check for symptoms or report a positive COVID-19 test.

Questions? Visit dawgcheck.uga.edu/support to learn more.

 


Students who need health care assistance may call the University Health Center at (706) 542-1162 or visit uhs.uga.edu.

For UGA updates and prevention visit uga.edu/coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) TPS FAQs

Do I need to wear a face covering while riding the bus?

Effective July 15, 2020, the University of Georgia—along with all University System of Georgia (USG) institutions—will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. When riding a bus, please wear a face covering.


How much seating will be available on a UGA bus?

To ensure the safety of all passengers by keeping crowding to a minimum, Transportation and Parking Services is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding reduced occupancy on buses (ex. 18-20 people per bus). The number of riders on a bus is subject to change based on guidelines from the CDC and FTA. Shorter bus routes will ensure buses get through campus more quickly. 


Will standing room be available on UGA buses?

Currently, standing is not allowed. If an open seat is not available, please wait and board the next bus.


Why are passengers asked to board from the back door only?

Passengers will use the back entrance of the bus to maintain a proper social distance from drivers. A protective barrier will also separate bus drivers from passengers to ensure a six-foot distance is maintained.


What do I do if I need accessible entry on a UGA bus or paratransit service?

Passengers who need accessible entry may notify the driver and will still be able to load from the front door, consistent with normal operating procedures. Accessible van services are still available through UGA Paratransit. To seek these services, students need to contact the Disability Resource Center at (706) 542-8719.


When will the new routes appear on the UGA App?

You may need to update the UGA app once routes are in effect to see changes. All changes are in effect August 3, 2020, with a limited number of buses running from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each route. 

Regular service will resume August 20, 2020: 

  • Monday - Wednesday: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
  • Thursday - Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

*All times and dates subject to change.


If I choose not to ride a bus, what other forms of transportation are available?

Walking and bicycling are great options for quickly navigating campus. The Daily Class Schedule is being adjusted to add five minutes between classes to allow students more time. Point-to-point walking and bicycling routes may be found on the UGA app’s campus map module. 

UGA reCYCLE is a need-based bicycle recycling and redistribution program for the UGA campus community. The program refurbishes bikes that were abandoned on campus bike racks and puts them in the hands of UGA students and employees who need them for transportation to and from school or work.


Is there a touch-free way to pay for hourly parking?

For touchless payments, customers may use the ParkMobile app when paying for hourly parking.


How will buses and parking decks be kept clean?

  • Disinfectant sprayers will be used to sanitize parking deck stairwells overnight as well as inside each bus. The sprayers contain a solution proven to kill coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • All rails and handles on buses will be wiped down with disinfecting wipes between class breaks. 
  • All pay meters and elevators in the parking decks will be sanitized throughout the day and overnight.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to passengers on each bus.

Construction Advisories

Creswell Bus Stop Update

Effective January 11, 2021

Due to construction, we will not be servicing the Creswell on Cloverhurst stop for the foreseeable future. Passengers can catch the bus on Finley St. across from Creswell Hall.