City restores standard transit schedules while maintaining free fares and public health enhancements
The City previously reduced operating schedules and suspended fare collections in response to significant ridership changes and public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since that time we:
These evolving factors all contributed to the decision to restore standard transit operations on fixed route and Dial-a-Ride buses.
What will not change are the steps taken to maintain public health and reduce the community transmission of COVID-19, including the encouragement of passengers to:
Turlock Transit will continue to do its part by: regularly cleaning and sanitizing buses and transit facilities; providing hand sanitizer and single-use face masks to passengers at no charge; providing reminders of social distancing through floor decals and signs; and communicating regularly with the public through flyers, website updates, and social media postings.
Rides will continue to be provided at no-cost to passengers on both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride buses. The costs for providing these services are offset by transit funding available from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Fare collection is set to resume for both services on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. However, a State grant under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) will pay the full fare for each passenger on fixed route only through the month of July, effectively extending free trips on fixed route through Friday, August 1, 2020.
For more information, please visit http://www.turlocktransit.com or call (209) 668-5600.