Calgary asking residents to board buses at the back starting Friday

Mar 19 2020, 10:50 am

Calgary Transit is making some changes in the way that Calgarians take the bus.

Those who need to use public transportation to get to their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic will still be able to do so, as the city’s transit system is running as usual.

However, the City of Calgary has stated that it will be asking riders to board at the back of the bus beginning Friday, March 20 in an effort to protect their transit operators.

“Through this difficult time, we thank Calgarians for being honest and paying their fares,” said Russell Davies, Acting Director of Calgary Transit, in the release.

“This is an honour-system approach. Let’s come together as a community to keep our city safe.”

Riders are still expected to purchase a single-use ticket (if they don’t have a month pass), and are asked to tear it up once they board the vehicle.

Passengers who require accessible boarding will still be able to use the front doors to board the bus.

Enhanced cleaning measures have also been enacted for all transit vehicles, including anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents to disinfect high-touch areas like grab bars and seats.

Still, passengers are encouraged to wash their hands prior to, and after, using transit, and to cover up when they cough or sneeze.

Calgary Transit Access, the City of Calgary’s shared ride service for Calgarians with disabilities, will be limiting the number of passengers aboard any vehicle to two people.

Calgary Transit Access has seen a decrease in ridership due to the coronavirus situation, the release states, so they do not expect any sort of an impact on service delivery as a result of the new passenger limit.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.