NFTA: use public transportation for essential travel only

Posted at 2:29 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 14:30:19-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail is reminding Western New Yorkers that during the COVID-19 crisis, public transportation is for essential travel only.

In a press release issued Friday the NFTA writes, "Transit is essential and we continue to operate to get health care workers and other critical employees to work, and take riders to vital appointments, and necessary shopping. The Governor’s message is very clear, do not take public transportation unless urgent and necessary."

Last Friday, the NFTA suspended fare collection on all bus routes, paratransit service and Metro Rail and passengers are being asked to use rear doors when boarding and exiting buses. Those who have special needs or mobility issues may still use front doors. These measures maximize social distancing and help protect employees and riders.