Monday, April 27, 2020

BC Transit extends Free Rides for Prince Rupert/Port Edward until end of May

Transit users in Prince Rupert and Port Edward can continue to ride the buses for free for another month, that as BC Transit extends their COVID-19 policy of free transit through to the end of May.

The announcement of the extension came Friday, through an information release from the Transit operator.

BC Transit will be extending our rear door boarding and not collecting fares procedures until May 31, 2020. The extension means customers do not need to purchase monthly passes or other fares for the month of May. Details about refund processes for fare products will be available when we announce the return to regular fare collection.

They also reminded passengers of the range of additional measures in place during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Those include:

Enhanced cleaning on buses and at BC Transit facilities 
Communication to staff and customers about physical distancing procedures 
Rear door loading (as available)
Not collecting fares 
Limiting passenger capacity to support physical distancing 
Enhancing the red line for passengers to stand behind 
Vinyl panels for light duty buses 
Additional personal protective equipment for handyDART transit operators

Friday's announcement can be explored further here.

More notes on both the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Transit systems can be viewed below:

Prince Rupert
Port Edward

The free ride extension is not the only news for North Coast transit users to make note of, earlier this month we highlighted how the Port Edward Transit system has made some changes to the service between the District and downtown Prince Rupert, you can review those notes here.

For more items of interest on Transit in the northwest see our archive page here.

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