Ride Norfolk has resumed fare collection

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Ride Norfolk is back to charging fares for riders.

The local transit had been operating on a normal schedule but not charging fares since March 23. The collection resumed on Aug. 4.

Fares can be paid with exact cash on the bus or tickets can be purchased at any Norfolk County Public Library branch.

For the safety of both driver and riders, masks are required while onboard the vehicle. Riders are encouraged to use their own face covering, however, the buses are equipped with a limited number of face masks, disposable gloves, and disinfectant spray and wipes.

“We’ve seen an increase in ridership while more businesses and services start to reopen,” said Blaire Sylvester, Norfolk County’s public transportation and business development coordinator, said in a press release.

“We are ensuring all reasonable steps are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, maintaining a safe physical distance may not always be possible while on board. We recommend all passengers wear face coverings while using public transit for the health and safety of fellow riders and the drivers.”

Vehicles will continue to be cleaned and high touch areas, such as railings and handles, are disinfected throughout the day, said the release.

The maximum capacity will increase from five to eight.

Monthly passes that can be used for unlimited travel within Norfolk County are now available for purchase at $60 each at any branch of the Norfolk County Public Library. The passes are not valid for the Brantford Service.

For more information on Ride Norfolk including routes and daily schedules, visit norfolkcounty.ca/transit/ or call 519-428-3178.

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