DIXON – The Lee-Ogle Transportation System is starting to see ridership pick up.

LOTS has been operating as an essential service since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and had limited trips to persons with essential medical needs, trips to work, meals to seniors and trips to grocery outlets.

The organization put several safety precautions in place, including sanitizing the buses before and after rides and installing driver shield doors. Riders are required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks or other face coverings, and those who are feeling sick are asked to stay home.

Their lowest ridership early on was around 300 rides in a week, but that's starting to grow and now is around 500 a week, LOTS Executive Director Greg Gates said.

"It seems to be continuing to trend upward, and we're taking more riders to different locations," Gates said.

LOTS is in frequent communication with the Lee County Health Department and the Lee County Emergency Management Agency to keep up with information and recommendations.

Call LOTS at 815-288-2117 to schedule a ride or go to lotsil.org or find the agency on Facebook for more information.

Whiteside County Public Transportation closed in mid-March and began a slow re-opening June 1, allowing only one rider on a bus at a time.

Call 815-625-7433 to schedule a ride with WCPT or go to ridewcpt.net or find WCPT on Facebook for more information.

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