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Transit users will ride free, board from back

Changes look to minimize risk from COVID-19 while maintaining service
Thunder Bay Transit has suspended fare collection, one of a number of changes to combat COVID-19. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Transit is implementing major adjustments to its service in order to protect drivers and the public from COVID-19. The city has said it intends to continue operating the service, while many other municipal services have been shuttered.

Beginning Saturday, transit will stop collecting fares and transfers. The service will also block the seats directly behind the operator’s compartment, in an effort to provide a safe distance for its drivers. Passengers are instructed not to cross the yellow line near the operator’s compartment, or approach the operator.

“The health and safety of our residents and employees is paramount,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “We are being responsible and acting out of an abundance of caution as the COVID-19 situation and our response continues to evolve.”

In a release Friday evening, the city also asked passengers to maintain a one- to two-metre distance from other riders and refrain from riding if feeling sick. They also reiterated an earlier call to only use public transit for essential trips.