NYC Buses Are Free, Riders Must Keep 6 Feet From Driver

NYC Buses Are Free, Riders Must Keep 6 Feet From Driver

New York – Riding the bus in New York City is free, starting today.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it was waiving the $2.75 fare in an effort to reduce the interaction between riders and drivers. Instead, riders will be required to enter through the back door and stay six feet away from the driver.

Buses that only have one door such as express service will still have fares. Some routes will have fate collection boxes on the street.

The move was taken at the demand of the bus drivers union as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the city.

“We know we are essential workers providing an essential service during this national emergency, but we also need to be protected to the greatest extent possible,” said Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Tony Utano. “This is the right move. It will better protect our bus operators, give them peace of mind, and demonstrate that their concerns have been heard.”

Photos: MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

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