NFTA suspending Metro Bus and Rail fare collection in response to coronavirus

Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 16:30:53-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The NFTA announced Thursday it is suspending Metro Bus and Rail fare collection in response to the coronavirus.

The suspension of the fare collection will begin Friday, March 27 on all bus routes, paratransit service and Metro Rail.

"These measures will maximize social distancing to help protect employees and riders. Metro continues to follow and promote the advice coming from state and local health care officials and will continue to keep passengers and employees safe during this time of concern," the NFTA said in a release.

Passengers are asked to use the rear doors when boarding and exiting, those who have special needs or mobility issues may continue to use the front doors.

The NFTA also released further information on how it was responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Metro Bus and Rail have greatly increased cleaning schedules. Buses, rail cars, rail stations and other locations are subjected to regular deep-cleaning using hospital-grade sanitizing agents. Bus operators have access to disposable gloves and sanitizing wipes to do additional cleaning. Metro also has put cleaners in the field to sanitize buses multiple times throughout the day."