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AC Transit Suspends Fare Collection As Part of Coronavirus Response

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An AC Transit bus drives through downtown Oakland.


Local transit agencies are among the essential services that are still operating under the coronavirus shelter-in-place public health order. Some are responding by going fare free.

AC Transit is maintaining all routes right now. But in order to protect drivers and the public, it has limited access at the front of its buses. Fareboxes are at the front. So for the time being, the agency has decided to forgo fares for driver safety. Most passengers will now use rear-doors to board. Those who use wheelchairs, mobility devices or carts will still be able to use the front doors. 

Officials strongly encourage riders to stand or sit 6-feet away from other passengers and the operator while using the bus.

Other transit agencies have taken stronger measures. Some, like Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and Muni, have gone so far as to reduce or suspend some regular service. The last BART train now runs at 9 o’clock every night.

Overall, operators have taken a huge hit to daily ridership since the shelter in place order was implemented. AC Transit and BART have seen ridership decline as much as 90 percent. Yesterday, area transit agencies asked Congress, for emergency funds.

All Bay Area transit riders should call 511 or visit 511.org for the latest news and updates.