Montclair State normally provides transportation services to enable students, employees and visitors to move efficiently and safely around its campus and between the campus and nearby leased space. During Stage 1 of the pandemic, the University ceased providing this service. During Stage 2, the University resumed providing a reduced schedule of transportation services, with safeguards in place, consistent with Executive Order 155 and other State regulations, as well as the guidance of public health authorities.

More information about campus transportation and the most up-to-date shuttle schedule can be found at University Facilities.

The safeguards described below will continue during Stage 3.

General Safeguards

  • Drivers and passengers will be required to wear face coverings at all times while inside or near all University vehicles. Persons without a face covering will not be allowed to board any campus shuttle bus.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in every bus.
  • The University’s COVID-19 related training and informational activities will encourage employees and students to monitor their health and inform them that they must not use campus vehicles if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Limiting Contact Between Vehicle Occupants

  • The number of people permitted to travel in passenger conveyances will be limited to 50% of the designed capacity. This number may be adjusted depending on changes to State regulations. Passengers will be instructed to maintain physical distance from each other, and a number of seats will be physically blocked so that they cannot be occupied or clearly marked as not to be used.
  • Drivers will monitor passenger density and may bypass stops until a sufficient number of riders have disembarked to allow for others to board. Schedules will be adjusted or increased in frequency wherever possible to compensate for the reduced occupancy.
  • Passengers will be instructed to maintain physical distance from the bus driver by not crossing the yellow chain cordoning off the driver’s compartment.
  • On large buses, passengers will enter and exit through the rear doors only.
  • On the smaller 24-passenger buses with only front-door access, plexiglass partitions have been installed to separate the driver and passengers.

Cleaning, Disinfecting and Ventilation

  • High touch areas such as seats and handles will be cleaned and disinfected frequently by the drivers.
  • Windows will remain open, weather permitting, to increase ventilation.
  • Buses will be sanitized using a commercial disinfectant sprayer with an EPA-approved disinfectant at least twice a week and more frequently if possible.
  • Contracted cleaners will wash bus interiors and exteriors once per week.


Signage will be installed on buses and in bus shelters to remind riders to:

  • Maintain social distancing and use face coverings.
  • Refrain from boarding if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Avoid touching surfaces with their hands and to wash hands or use. alcohol-based hand sanitizers as soon as possible after disembarking and before removing their face covering.
  • Practice proper coughing/sneezing etiquette and how to dispose of tissues safely.


Training programs for students and employees will be provided on these transportation safeguards and to encourage them to walk if they are able, to use the buses for essential trips only, and to yield to persons with special needs.

Transportation of Sick Persons

Persons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should not use campus shuttle buses. Any sick, injured, or quarantined student, employee, or campus visitor who needs emergency medical care will be transported by the University’s Emergency Medical Service (or if the University’s EMS is not available, by one of the mutual aid providers in the University’s network) to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson or Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair.

Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:27 pm