The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), is taking additional measures to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus. Services were already reduced and fares were waived after the state ordered suspensions of non-essential business activity. New protections now include limiting passengers and adding signs encouraging riders to stay six feet apart on bus seats, benches, buildings and shelters at the Blake and Ypsilanti transit centers. Yellow lines are also being put on the floors of buses to mark a six-feet distance between the driver and riders. Additionally, each bus is now considered to be full when 15 riders board. Riders, if able, will also board from the rear door, unless they need to use the ramp. Drivers will contact a dispatcher to send another bus for remaining passengers.