The City of Gastonia has eliminated fares for riding City Transit Buses through April 29. “Our goal is to maintain safe and accessible service for passengers who need it most during the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Community Services Director Vincent Wong.
What City Transit is doing to protect employees and the public during the coronavirus outbreak:
- From March 25, 2020, to April 29, 2020, Gastonia Transit is fare free.
- Passengers are to exit the bus through the rear door. Limiting passenger access to the front of the bus maintains social distance for the drivers and other Transit employees.
- As a standard, every vehicle in the fleet is cleaned daily. Normal cleaning procedures include disinfecting the driver area and all hard surfaces that passengers come in contact with, including seats, handrails, poles and floors.
- Contact surfaces such as poles, seat backs, fareboxes and window ledges are cleaned multiple times a day.
- The Gastonia Transit Center is cleaned on an ongoing, repetitive basis.
- Posters and other educational materials about health and safety are available on buses and at the Transit Center.
- Passengers are urged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services protocols for reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
Wong said the City of Gastonia will continue to monitor what other transit agencies are doing and monitor Gastonia’s ridership numbers to determine if additional modifications are necessary for service or operating procedures.