Transit buses are continuing to run during the COVID-19 pandemic as people need to get out and get groceries and other essentials. However, changes are coming for people who take transit.
BC Transit is implementing rear door boarding, where available, across the province to enhance social distancing for drivers and passengers. Passengers can still load through the front door if they require use of the ramp or other accessible features of the bus.
In addition, customers will not be required to pay fares in all BC Transit communities for 30 days for all systems including conventional, community, and handyDART. BC Transit is working to implement these changes in communities as quickly as possible, and we would ask customers to be patient with us during this time.
These changes are being made to protect the health and safety of operators and customers by creating the conditions for better social distancing.
“BC Transit continues to adjust to the fluid situation along with other businesses and agencies in Canada and around the world,” according to statement issued Friday. “We are working hard to maintain services, and with the regularly changing situation we expect to have daily trip cancellations for the foreseeable future in various systems. We will update customers on a day-by-day basis while we work on implementing and communicating a new sustainable plan for services across the province. We encourage people to stay up to date for daily trip cancellations at BCTransit.com, or through our customer call centres.”