Longueuil, March 10, 2020 – The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) has learned from the Direction de la santé publique de la Montérégie that the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in the Agglomération de Longueuil. The infected person rode certain sections of RTL line 88 and was at the Longueuil terminal on February 24 and March 6 (https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/).
As a reminder, the Direction de la santé publique urges anyone who may have used the public transit network at these specific times to monitor their symptoms (fever, cough, or breathing difficulties). If you experience these symptoms, call 811.
Santé publique de la Montérégie has determined that there is no need to step up bus cleaning and disinfection regimens, given the survival time of the virus on hard surfaces. The risk of contamination remains very low from using public transit, according to Santé publique. However, as a preventive measure, we will review our cleaning procedures with a view to increasing their frequency, with a particular emphasis on high-touch surfaces.
The RTL is mindful of the situation and has been in constant contact since January with the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Montérégie-Centre in order to adjust its procedures if needed. We remind our users to adopt the same hygiene practices that apply during flu season and to any other circulating virus.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs
of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.