Transit Windsor Fare Collection To Resume On October 19th

Thursday October 1st, 2020

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Front door boarding and fare collection on Transit Windsor will resume on Monday, October 19th, after nearly seven months of rear-only boarding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protective barriers are being installed on all Transit Windsor busses to ensure employee safety while maintaining sightlines and visibility for drivers. Passengers will be asked to follow a one-way flow, boarding through the front of the vehicle and exiting through the rear doors. Exceptions will be made enabling customers with mobility issues to exit through the front of the bus.

Transit Windsor will continue to operate on an enhanced Saturday service schedule, Monday through Saturday until ridership figures indicate additional service is required. Sunday service will continue on the Sunday schedule.

Transit Windsor says that they continuously monitor capacity on busses and high-frequency routes to add additional vehicles when required.

“I’m pleased that we are able to now balance the risks associated with COVID-19 with running Transit Windsor service across the City of Windsor,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Municipalities across the country have taken significant losses, operating transit services without collecting fares for more than 6 months. We are counting on the Province of Ontario and Federal Government to help support Transit Windsor in the months ahead. In the meantime, we are restarting fare collection and continuing to offer services across our City and into the County.”

Over the course of the past several months, ridership numbers have remained significantly below pre-pandemic levels. Current ridership during September has been reduced by about 60% as compared to 2019.

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