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Metro Mobility to provide free rides to work for hospital, clinic staff

Most trips will either be solo or in very small groups where distance can be maintained.

The Metropolitan Council has announced that its Metro Mobility service will now offer commuter trips to essential health workers across the Twin Cities for free.

The service starts on Monday and offers free door-to-door service for anyone who works at a healthcare facility in the 7-county metro area.

They will be able to call up for a ride to and from work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the Met Council noting that due to Metro Transit reductions in service, some hospital and clinic workers – which includes doctors, nurses, home health aides, clinic staff, janitorial and other support staff – may not have the same access to transit as previously.

And for those concerned about a lack of social distancing on a Metro Mobility bus, the Met Council says that the new service will involve "provide solo or very small group on-demand rides."

"These trips will all be following state guidelines for physical distancing and will only transport as many customers as is safe for the vehicle," the Met Council said.

"Essential healthcare workers can also be assured Metro Mobility is doing all it can to make sure they are protected. Drivers are taking extra time to wipe down interior touch points with disinfectant after each passenger trip and buses pull into the shop for sanitization at least daily."

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In order to get a ride, workers need to provide their employee ID badge to show they work at a healthcare facility.

You can find out which number to call to book a ride below:

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