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Riding on VTA is now free, but please, board at the back of the bus

Aim is to keep passengers away from bus drivers during coronavirus outbreak

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Most passengers will board buses through the rear door and fares will not be collected under changes announced Thursday by the Valley Transportation Authority to promote social distancing and lessen the spread of coronavirus.

Effective immediately, passengers will board buses via the back door, away from the driver. Front door boarding will be reserved for passengers who need to use the ramp or require priority seating.

The area around the operator will be taped off, meaning no access to the farebox or Clipper Card reader.

In addition, fares will not be collected for light rail or paratransit service.

The transit agency also said that starting Monday, it will suspend its Rapid 500 service from San Jose Diridon Station to Berryessa Transit Center. Its School Tripper service was suspended earlier.

No other changes are being made, but the agency said it continues to analyze ridership for other possible service changes.

"Like everyone else in this unique situation, with employees on leave or working from home, we will experience gaps in service," VTA said in an announcement.

Service updates are online at vta.org/covid-19.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 22, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Mass transit is good for mass exposure. But let's deal with the latest dog story. Reportedly, Hong Kong authorities grabbed two dogs of a sick virus victim and now claim the dogs somehow tested positive for Covid-19. Are dogs potential carriers? Hong Kong is part of "The People's Republic of China" which just ousted nosey reporters from the NY Times and Washington Post. Can we believe much out of mainland China about Covid-19? Did you notice that the Trump administration has started saying "states" are responsible for dealing with the pandemic and those states are requesting help from the federal government. While there is some truth to their statements, the game may be to blame the states. Next, they will ask whether - perhaps - some people are sayin' - dogs may also be blameworthy. Trump will blame anyone but himself.

4 people like this
Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 23, 2020 at 4:18 pm

VTA buses are one of the safest spaces around...typically nearly nobody there.

4 people like this
Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

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27 people like this
Posted by With our own eyes
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2020 at 6:56 am

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Posted by Trump fired the Pandemic Team
a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2020 at 10:01 am

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