MTA Starts Collecting Fares Again On Buses

Kristie Keleshian
August 31, 2020 - 5:59 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — MTA bus rides are no longer free.

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For more than five months, rides on MTA buses have been free for passengers, as they’ve been directed to enter the back of the bus to limit interactions with the bus driver in the front.

Passengers are now being directed to enter at the front of the bus and pay fares like before.

"Alas, we do need to start collecting fares again," Interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg told WCBS 880. "The MTA is in a really serious financial situation and now is really the time that we have to start collecting fares again, of course, making sure that our riders are safe and our bus operators are safe is our top priority."

Riders will still be required to wear masks and the MTA’s fare enforcement team will be out to remind riders to pay at the front.

Plexiglass panels and curtains will remain on the buses as a way to protect passengers from potentially spreading the coronavirus.

The MTA has lost about $159 million in bus fares since the free rides started in March.

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