Beginning on Thursday, Mar, 19, 2020, Kingston Transit will be asking passengers to board and exit buses using the back doors of their buses.
This move is in response to the increasing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Passengers with accessibility needs can continue to use the front doors for boarding and exiting, but are being asked to limit their interactions with bus drivers.
“Kingston Transit will not be accepting cash fares or paper transfers from passengers boarding and the back of the bus, and passengers will not be required to tap their transit passes at this time,” the City of Kington said in a press release on Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2020.
This operational change will remain in place until Sunday, Apr. 5, 2020 in an effort to protect the health and safety of bus operators, the City said.
This change is on top of the changes Kingston Transit has already instated to limit the spread of COVID-19, including:
- Ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touchpoints aboard buses.
- Delivering essential public transportation service across Kingston on a reduced Saturday and Sunday schedule.
- Asking passengers to exercise social distance when seating themselves on the bus, including not sitting in seats directly behind operators
Assisting passengers with lost and found, and trip planning service by phone only at 613-546-0000.
For more information on cancellations and changes as part of the local efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19, see our quick reference guide here.