City of West Hollywood will Celebrate Transit Workers on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Pandemic During the Week of May 25, 2020
The City of West Hollywood understands that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for everyone, including the transit workers responsible for transporting essential personnel to and from their jobs every day — from healthcare professionals and social service providers, to grocery store and postal service workers. Transit workers include drivers, operators, mechanics, and maintenance personnel who ensure that transit systems are clean for riders and commuters.
During the week of May 25, 2020, the lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard between N. Robertson Boulevard and Hancock Avenue will glow orange in recognition of Transit Workers Appreciation Week in West Hollywood.
“Transit Workers Appreciation Week allows us to thank members of our transit community for being everyday heroes who continue to keep our communities and country moving in moments of crisis,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath. “Although the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the rhythm of our daily lives, the demand for assistance and products remains the same. Without the selfless acts of service and sacrifice made by countless transit workers, many of the employees in industries defined as essential would not be able to provide the healthcare, food assistance, and safety our neighborhoods and communities desperately need. It is more important than ever that we recognize Transit Worker Appreciation Week and celebrate the significance of transit workers every day. Lighting the lanterns above Santa Monica Boulevard orange is the least we can do to celebrate transit workers for the essential public service they provide across our cities, states, and nation. We are incredibly grateful to Metro and to the transit workers who have continued to serve our community and the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
According to US Census data, 2.8 million workers in essential industries commute by transit, comprising 36 percent of transit ridership. Nationwide, more than 600,000 transit commuters work at hospitals, doctors’ offices, or as home health providers; 165,000 take public transit to jobs in pharmacies or grocery stores; and 150,000 commute to social service jobs. In Los Angeles County and in the City of West Hollywood, transit services have been modified due to Safer At Home orders, but transit remains an essential and vital service.
Approximately 500 Metro bus operators, mechanics, and support staff work at the Metro West Hollywood Division 7 facility making it one of the largest employers located within in the City of West Hollywood.
One of the most frequent inquiries to West Hollywood City Call during the declaration of local emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is the topic of transportation. While the City of West Hollywood has temporarily suspended its weekend shuttle programs, the PickUp and The Sunset Trip, the City’s Cityline routes (Local and Commuter) continue regular operations; riders are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. The City of West Hollywood also has two transportation options including Dial-A-Ride/TLC and the WeHo On-Call Transportation program. The City maintains its Bus Pass Subsidy Program, as well. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/transit or call (323) 848-6510.
From Monday, May 25, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020 the City of West Hollywood will light the lanterns on Santa Monica Boulevard orange to pay tribute and appreciation to transit workers at the Metro Division 7 transit facility, located on Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of N. San Vicente Boulevard. The City of West Hollywood, in coordination with Metro, will provide Certificates of Recognition to Metro workers in Division 7 and the City encourages residents and community members to participate by sharing the City’s social media posts (@wehocity) about Transit Workers Appreciation Week in West Hollywood, as well as by making yard or window signs and banners, and thanking essential transit workers when using transit for essential travel. As a reminder, wear a cloth face covering and comply with social (physical) distancing requirements when using transit.
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and is advising community members to adhere to the Los Angeles County Safer At Home Order. The revised Order is a continuation, which became effective on May 13, 2020. It will continue until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and it begins to move Los Angeles County into the next stage of a Roadmap to Recovery: A Phased Approach to Reopening Safely in Los Angeles County.
The City urges everyone to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply, are prioritized for health professionals.
West Hollywood City Hall is currently closed to the public and has suspended all in-person transactions. All public City buildings, playgrounds, parks, and facilities are closed. City Hall will remain accessible for business and essential services with transactions to be conducted by phone (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org.
The City of West Hollywood coronavirus updates are available at www.weho.org/coronavirus and the City encourages community members to follow @wehocity on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and turn on notifications for up-to-date information regarding details in the City of West Hollywood.
To view essential-business City meetings, tune in to WeHoTV at:
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For updates and information about the current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the United States and in Los Angeles County, the spread of the virus, severity, treatments, precautions, and other important public health information in multiple languages, please visit websites for:
- Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, please contact the LA County Department of Public Health Chief Communications Officer, Carl A. Kemp, at (213) 240-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reporters and members of the media seeking additional information about the City of West Hollywood, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer, Sheri A. Lunn, at (323) 848-6391 or email@example.com.