This page was updated July 28, 2020.
The City of Gastonia has again extended its free fares, allowing passengers to ride City Transit buses at no charge through Oct. 31. “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. “The City acknowledges the significant economic and social issues resulting from the health crisis. We know some residents depend on City Transit to get to essential jobs or to medical appointments.”
Passengers are asked to use City Transit only for essential trips.
What City Transit is doing to protect employees and the public during the coronavirus outbreak:
- From March 25, 2020, through Oct. 31, Gastonia Transit is fare free.
- All passengers are to wear face coverings unless exempted by the state.
- Passengers are to enter and exit the bus through the rear door to maintain social distance between passengers and the driver.
- ADA passengers will still use the front door.
- 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.
- Passengers are urged to follow Centers for Disease Control and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommendations for reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
- Fares and schedules for the 85X express bus between Gastonia and Charlotte are set by the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). CATS resumed charging fares June 8.
The City is making repairs to the Bradley Transit Station on North Oakland Street during the weeks when riders do not need to purchase bus tickets.