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From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-21 11:47 AM 
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Coronavirus: Many agencies offering free fares, some cut service

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several transit agencies in the Puget Sound region have announced that they are switching to fare-free operations and some are also cutting service. As we’ve been tracking on our updated coronavirus dashboard, there are a lot of changes ahead as the situation evolves.

The general consensus is that reducing most contact between bus drivers and riders can be done with rear door boarding and withholding fare collection until conditions return to normal. Riders needing ramp or ADA access are allowed to use the front doors if needed.

As of writing (on Thursday night), seven transit agencies have announced fare collection suspensions: King County Metro, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Skagit Transit, and Whatcom Transportation Authority. These fare suspensions apply to all services, including trains, ferries, and paratransit, and will take effect at various times, the latest so far being Tuesday, March 24.

More at 

https://seattletransitblog.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-free-fares-service/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-21 12:49 PM 
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UPDATE;

NYC buses going back-door boarding only due to coronavirus, MTA says

New York City buses will be back door-only starting Monday in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the MTA and its bus operator unions announced Friday.

Riders who do not have mobility disabilities will be required to enter buses on local and “Select Bus Service” routes through the rear door, according to the new policy.

On local routes, riders will no longer enter near the farebox, which is right next to the driver’s seat — effectively eliminating fare collection on those routes, an MTA source said.

Fare collection will continue on Select Bus Service and express routes.

On express charter buses, which carry riders between the far edges of the city and its Manhattan core, riders will be required to sit at least three rows behind the driver.

“This is the right move,” Transport Workers Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a statement. “It will better protect our bus operators, give them some peace of mind, and demonstrate that their concerns have been heard.”

More at 

https://nypost.com/2020/03/20/nyc-buses-going-back-door-boarding-only-due-to-coronavirus-mta-says/

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-21 1:58 PM 
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Bay Metro cites coronavirus, suspends bus routes starting March 23

- Bay Metro Transit announced that on Monday, March 23, it will suspend all bus routes until further notice over COVID-19 concerns.

In addition, no public access is currently allowed at the Bay Metro main office at 1510 N. Johnson Street and the Central Bus Station at 1124 Washington Avenue.

In the meantime, Bay Metro will continue to operate DART, an on-demand service, and will open the service to the general public. However, Bay Metro emphasized that all trips on DART will be limited for essential services only and that passengers with ADA certification have priority for ride scheduling.

https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2020/03/bay-metro-cites-coronavirus-suspends-bus-routes-starting-march-23.html

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-21 4:39 PM 
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UPDATE;

Valley Metro asking bus passengers to board at the back, hold up fares

 Valley Metro says it continues to offer service on a regular schedule, but it's making some changes riders need to know about.

At this point, bus riders will be most affected by Valley Metro's new safety measures. You won't be using the door at the front of the bus and drivers will not be collecting your fare.

"Bus riders are asked to board from the rear door to enhance the distance between operators and passengers," Valley Metro said Saturday. Be prepared to hold up your ticket for the driver to see. "Passengers will still be expected to pay and have evidence of a valid fare. We will evaluate this temporary measure through the month of April," spokeswoman Susan Tierney told Arizona's Family. 

"Public transportation is critical to our community," she continued. "Our team recognizes the nature of the service we provide and remains committed to doing so until we are unable to or forced to stop. This temporary procedure will enhance the safety protocols currently in place and further protections across our system for operators and passengers. We understand that there are many passengers, especially health care and janitorial workers, that rely heavily on our transit system to get to their jobs. We urge only essential travel during this time. This concern is why are taking the additional step to create a safe distance between our operators and passengers."

"Bus riders are asked to board from the rear door to enhance the distance between operators and passengers," Valley Metro said Saturday. Be prepared to hold up your ticket for the driver to see. "Passengers will still be expected to pay and have evidence of a valid fare. We will evaluate this temporary measure through the month of April," spokeswoman Susan Tierney told Arizona's Family. 

"Public transportation is critical to our community," she continued. "Our team recognizes the nature of the service we provide and remains committed to doing so until we are unable to or forced to stop. This temporary procedure will enhance the safety protocols currently in place and further protections across our system for operators and passengers. We understand that there are many passengers, especially health care and janitorial workers, that rely heavily on our transit system to get to their jobs. We urge only essential travel during this time. This concern is why are taking the additional step to create a safe distance between our operators and passengers."

https://www.azfamily.com/news/continuing_coverage/coronavirus_coverage/valley-metro-asking-bus-passengers-to-board-at-the-back/article_042fb0ae-6ba2-11ea-839e-eb66fe4135fd.html?fbclid=IwAR0RmEH_o_7bUS1hUKPhBWPGNUbNtSJCeIVMiU9UO43O9lxobPiNSU1b7Cs

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-21 10:03 PM 
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UPDATE;

Kitsap Transit to suspend fares collection on buses, ferries beginning Monday

BREMERTON – Kitsap Transit announced Friday that it would suspend fare collection on buses and ferries and allow health-care workers priority when boarding ferries as part of an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Monday, fares will not be collected on any of Kitsap Transit’s services, including routed, ACCESS and worker/driver buses, vanpools, ferries and the Annapolis Park & Ride, according to a statement from the agency

Additionally, Kitsap Transit is suspending reservations on the Bremerton-Seattle fast ferry route, meaning all sailings will be for walk-ups only. On March 16, the agency cut capacity on the Bremerton-Seattle route from 118 passengers to 46 in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide order banning gatherings of 50 or more people.

The measures are meant to “minimize interactions at the farebox and protect the health of (Kitsap Transit) bus operators and ferry deckhands,” according to the statement.

https://www.kitsapsun.com/story/news/2020/03/21/kitsap-transit-suspend-fares-buses-ferries/2890135001/?fbclid=IwAR0PphzZynMVBZk03aYwEuGoVEGWELBMP3Z3ZFH7xzy9uSoqHJS20lKyZfQ

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn3 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-22 6:29 PM 
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first change noticed with your own system!

 

 
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From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-22 6:32 PM 
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I knew it was coming when others started doing t his.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn3 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-23 12:28 AM 
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ours hasn't done this. 
I wonder when people will be told to disinfect their transit passes. (Most people keep HOP passes in a plastic sleeve, It's not a paper pass)

 

 

 
From: Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-23 5:15 AM 
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I'm sure they will, I'd be surprised if they didn't.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
From: krathyn3 (Phantom7031) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMar-23 1:27 PM 
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wonder when they will stop collecting fares and when they will go to back door boarding allowed? 

I wiped my transit pass with soap and water, I don't have disinfectant wipes. But soap and water is good enough for hands..

 

 

 
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