All Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail train service has been shut down indefinitely after a light rail operator trainee tested posted for COVID-19, according to VTA officials.
Management was informed of the positive novel coronavirus test late Wednesday, and are working to determine the extent of the spread, VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said in a statement.
The agency is working on determining the extent of exposure. Childress wasn’t able to provide an update on the condition of the employee early Thursday morning.
Childress said light rail service was shut down at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The six trains operating at the time were taken out of service and sweeps were done to make sure passengers weren’t stranded.
According to Childress, VTA operators are being told to shelter in place and receive further instructions on whether to quarantine and/or get tested.
Trains will remain in the VTA’s operation division for thorough cleanings. Ridership had dropped 82 percent since the county’s shelter-in-place order.
For more information on the VTA and it’s novel coronavirus response, visit https://www.vta.org/covid-19.
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