OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Amid the ongoing shelter-in-place over the coronavirus outbreak, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District has gone fare free and instituted new boarding rules for those making essential trips.
As of Monday, AC Transit is telling riders to board through the rear door on buses with multiple doors. Passengers requiring ADA ramps, utilizing mobility devices or need priority seating will still be allowed to board through the front door.READ MORE: Man Hospitalized With Major Trauma After 20-Foot Fall From Palm Tree In Discovery Bay
The transit agency said fares will not be collected until further notice.
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Passengers are also urged to practice social distancing, staying six feet from other passengers and the transit operator.
AC Transit’s move follows a similar policy instituted by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority last week telling most passengers to board through the rear door, unless a rider needs to use the ramp or priority seating. Fares are not being collected on buses, light rail and paratransit service.MORE NEWS: Solano County Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Pimping, Multiple Failures To Appear In Court
Transit agencies across the Bay Area have made also made service reductions during the shelter-in-place order, including BART, which is suspending daily service after 9 p.m. starting Monday.