Transit releases details about its May 19 COVID-19 schedule change

In response to the Province’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, and the move to the orange recovery phase, the City is providing an update to Transit Services.

Starting May 19, Fredericton Transit will resume to hourly service (following a modified Saturday schedule). Service hours will be from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. depending on the route. Detailed schedules are available on the City website.

Fare collection will also resume on May 19. Safety measures have been added to buses, which includes shields installed adjacent to the operators to create a barrier between operators and boarding or disembarking passengers. The City had previously stopped requiring fare on transit in mid-March in conjunction with moving to rear-door boarding as a safety measure to reduce potential spread of COVID-19. The new shields will allow for safe collection of fare and boarding of passengers.

Monthly passes will not be sold in May, but Fredericton Transit will resume sales of monthly passes in June. Passengers can purchase 10-Ride ticket books ($25.00 for ten tickets) or pay for fare on a per-ride basis as cash fare at the regular rate of $2.75/trip exact change only, as per usual. All vendor outlets are currently selling 10-Ride ticked books except the UNB Student Union Building and City Hall Service Centre check with individual locations for current hours of operation. Paper transfers will continue to be provided.

Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers have been added to the buses. Most busses will have the hand sanitizers in place on May 19, however, some will be installed in the coming weeks as supplies become available.Passengers may wish to carry their own hand sanitizer just in case.

Fredericton Transit will continue to implement an enhanced cleaning schedule on the bus interiors that it initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transit will also continue to operate with a maximum of 9 passengers as Provincial directive still limits groups to max of 10 (including transit operator).Additional buses will continue to be available on standby to provide continuation of bus service should a bus reach the maximum 9 passenger capacity.

Because a physical distance of 2 m/6 ft cannot always be maintained while riding transit, passengers will be strongly recommended to wear masks. Front door entry only and rear exit remains in effect.