The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is doing its part to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus outbreak by requiring passengers to board through the back doors of buses to maintain enough social distancing for drivers.
The only people who could use the front door are the ones who need the ramp to embark.
Since it’s more important to protect drivers from COVID-19 exposure, the transit authority says it will cordon them off from the passengers and stop collecting fares on all buses, light rail and paratransit until further notice.
Yup. From now until who-knows-when, the price of passage is on the house.
Additionally, Rapid 500 connecting San Jose’s Diridon Station to the Berryessa Transit Center will be suspended starting Monday. Customers can take routes 64A, 64B or the 68 instead, according to a VTA bulletin about the changes.
School trips remain canceled throughout the ongoing lockdown and the VTA will keep analyzing ridership data to determine how to adjust service going forward.
“Like everyone else in this unique situation, with employees on leave or working from home,” the agency warned, “we will experience gaps in service.”