Pace won't collect bus fares through April

  • Pace is suspending fare collection on buses through April 30 to expedite boarding and encourage social distancing.

    Pace is suspending fare collection on buses through April 30 to expedite boarding and encourage social distancing. Daily Herald File Photo

 
 
Updated 4/9/2020 5:59 PM

To board passengers quickly and maintain social distancing with bus drivers and riders, Pace is suspending fare collections temporarily.

The "Quick Board, Safe Board," policy started Thursday and will last through the state's stay-at-home order, which runs through April 30.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The policy applies to all Pace bus routes and paratransit.

Pace has suspended several routes, including those that serve now-closed schools, and is attempting to offer extra buses on routes with high ridership numbers. To learn more, go to pacebus.com.

Metra also is adjusting its policies by closing the cab car, which is furthest from the locomotive, on all lines except the Metra Electric, to reduce exposure to COVID-19.

"There should be ample room in the open cars for passengers to be able to spread out," officials said.

Riders are asked to stay in their seats until the train arrives at their station.

The railroad recommends riders try to keep 6 feet apart and avoid sitting in adjacent seats.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Transit Authority is requiring riders to board from the rear doors, to reduce contact with each other and drivers. Passengers may have to manually open the rear doors on some buses.

Passengers will be asked to use fare cards on card-readers installed at rear-door entrances. Fares will be suspended on buses without rear-door readers.

Passengers with disabilities or who may need to use the lower-step function or ramp can still board using the front doors. For more information, go to transitchicago.com/coronavirus.

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