Coronavirus, status and travel advices

Coronavirus, status and travel advices

In order to support vital social functions, AKT maintains service operations at highest possible level at the present time. Therefore, in order to keep public transport running, we want to limit the contact between passengers and drivers as much as possible.

Travel advices for public transport in Agder

If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible. Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. We assess the situation at Agder day by day, hour by hour. To reduce the risk of infection, daily cleaning on board the buses in Agder is sharpened. Frequent washing of contact surfaces is the highest priority. Remember that even though we reinforce cleaning routines, it is important that everyone follow the Norwegian health authorities hand and cough hygiene routines.

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Coronasituation in different parts of Agder

Travel advice may differ from municipality to municipality. It can be challenging to keep track of the coronastatus regarding public transport in the various parts of the county. Below you will find information on how the coronasituation apply to public transport in different parts of Agder, related to the use of face masks, boarding the bus, payment on board and seating capacity.

 

Status for public transport in Agder

  • Facemask recommended to be worn by any aged 12 or more in buses all over Agder. Minor children aged 12 or below should not wear facemask.
  • All bus services in Agder run as normal, but with some reduced seating capacity on board. Some of the seats in the first row are not in use, depending on the bus type. 
  • It is now possible to sit shoulder to shoulder in the same direction on most seats on buses in Agder, except line 170 from Evje - Hovden.
  • Front door is open and it is possible to validate bus card / mobile ticket or buy ticket with bank card. No cash payment. We recommend that yoy have a valid ticket before boarding - to minimize direct contact between driver and passenger. In the Kristiansands area we recommend that you still use the back door and present a pre-paid ticket on the card validator at the back door
  • Pre-paid tickets can be purchased in the mobile ticket AKT Billett. If you have a bus card you can update period tickets / Flexikort in AKT Nettbutikk (webshop)
  • Remember that you may need to show a valid ticket in ticket control
  • AKT's customer centers have regular business hours. Keep in mind the distance restrictions, max 3-4 customers in the customer center in Kristiansand and Arendal at the same time, fewer in Lyngdal and Flekkefjord.
  • To limit the congestion on buses, passengers should make sure to keep a good distance from their fellow passengers / driver on board the bus. The bus driver determines when the bus is full according to this criterion, and will drive past subsequent stops until there is room for more passengers.
  • On buses where it is possible to sit and stand, seats should be given priority over standing places.
    It is recommended to keep a distance of 1 meter, but this can be deviated from for shorter journeys.
  • Please disembark the bus using the back door.
  • Boat routes in Kristiansand sail as normal, but with reduced capacity on board.

School buses: 

  • School buses in Agder run according to normal timeschedule.

Night buses:

  • All night buses are canceled.

Airport bus shuttles:

  • Airportbuses to/from Kjevik - Kristiansand is cancelled until further notice
  • At present time there is no airport bus service operating between Arendal/Grimstad and Kjevik.

Seating arrangements

It is now possible to sit shoulder to shoulder in the same direction on all seats on all buses in Agder, except line 170 between Evje - Hovden where it is not possible to sit shoulder to shoulder

General advice

  • Show consideration to fellow passengers
  • Keep distance
  • If possible, please travel outside peak-hours
  • If you are sick or feel ill, please don’t use bus,

More information on coronavirus from Norwegian Institute of Public Health here

Habits which help prevent infection

  • A paper tissue over your mouth and nose protects others when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue  away immediately. Then wash your hands.
  • Use a flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze and do not have a tissue handy
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often, particularly when around other people.
  • Hand disinfection with alcohol-based products is a good alternative when you are unable to wash your hands, for example when you are travelling

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