Exclusive: MARTA Whistleblower Says Company Not Protecting Riders From COVID-19

The Rashad Richey Morning Show
March 31, 2020 - 4:51 pm
Rashad Richey Exclusive: MARTA Whistleblower Says Company Not Protecting Riders From COVID-19

A MARTA bus operator who decided to remain anonymous, called The Rashad Richey Morning Show to highlight concerns relating to employees, the public and the company's response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

According to the MARTA employee, ridership has not decreased but in many instances has increased largely due to the transit company suspending fares. This increase in ridership is compounded by the limited space available for riders to sit or stand on the transit buses to maintain distance from the driver, making it impossible to practice "social distancing".

The employee shared that MARTA has not provided protective gear for all bus operators and refuses to pay workers hazard pay during the pandemic.

The whistleblower also shared that MARTA is not properly sanitizing structures and facilities, which could pose a health risk to others during the outbreak.

With public schools being closed, parents are looking for ways to properly care for their children, but according to the whistleblower, MARTA employees are not able to use vacation time to tend to their children at home.

***MARTA has been contacted for their side of the story. We will update you once they respond.

Listen to the full interview below.

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