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Metro Transit waives bus fares, implores safe riding

ST. LOUIS – Metro Transit has temporarily waived fares for MetroBus and Call-A-Ride passengers even as it’s asking people to use public transit for only essential trips during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride cash fares are waived until April 14; with the virus still threatening the area, that date could be extended.

MetroLink riders still need to pay the usual fares and must have a valid ticket or pass.

Train passengers should avoid the first door at the front of the train when boarding and exiting. This door will stay closed to help maintain social distancing between operators and passengers. The other doors on MetroLink trains are all fine to use.

Metro is also shifting staff and vehicles in order to better respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Both MetroLink and MetroBus are running on a modified weekend schedule, and four MetroBus routes – Nos. 1, 5, 17 and 59 – have been suspended. Delays are possible along all of the remaining routes, so passengers should plan for longer travel times.

Metro Transit has four suggestions for its customers:

  • Stay home if possible – We all need to comply with the regional Stay at Home/Shelter in Place order, and limit travel to essential trips.
  • Do not ride if you’re ill – If you have a fever, respiratory issues or any other symptoms, please do not ride Metro Transit.
  • Travel at non-peak times – If you must take Metro Transit, try to avoid morning and evening rush hours.
  • Keep away from operators and fellow riders – Maintain social distancing from other passengers when you are on the bus or train, and remain behind the yellow or orange stripes that have been put on the floors near MetroBus and MetroLink operators.

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