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Community Transit to resume collecting fares July 1

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 152

Last updated 6/16/2020 at 5:40pm

Photo courtesy of Community Transit

ORCA allows for contactless fare payment.

Community Transit will resume collecting fares on all its bus routes and DART paratransit service on July 1.

Community Transit temporarily suspended the collection of fares in March to assist with physical distancing between drivers and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Riders have been boarding and exiting through the middle and rear doors of the bus, except for ADA customers. On June 1, the agency restored fare collection on its Swift bus rapid transit service since riders pay their fares at Swift stations, not on the bus.

With the July 1 restart of fare collection on all buses, drivers will wear a face covering that meets Washington State Department of Labor and Industries rules, while riders are onboard and have the option to wear a face shield as riders are boarding the bus.

Non-ADA passengers will be asked to exit the bus through the rear doors to prevent two-way traffic at the front. The agency is also testing physical barriers around the driver compartment as a potential future solution.

Passengers have the option of contactless payment of their fares with their ORCAS pass.

Visit http://www.communitytransit.org/orca for information about how to buy or load an ORCA fare card online or in-person, as well as a list of retail locations that provide ORCA services. Riders can add value to any ORCA card or purchase new adult-fare ORCA cards at ticket vending machines at Sounder train stations in Everett, Mukilteo and Edmonds.

Income-eligible residents can apply for an ORCA LIFT card that allows them to pay a reduced fare. People whose household income has changed this year due to employment or other issues may qualify. More information is available at http://www.communitytransit.org/orcalift.

Community Transit has instituted a number of changes for safe travel, including closing off staggered seats to allow physical distancing on the bus. These measures will continue for the foreseeable future.

As riders return to using transit, they will notice other safety measures that have been implemented, including:

• Nightly disinfecting of all buses and paratransit vehicles.

• Encouraging riders to wear face coverings when using transit.

• Requiring drivers to wear face coverings while driving the bus with passengers onboard.

• Asking riders to wash their hands often and not to travel when sick.

 

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