Commuters in Nanaimo will soon have to start paying for the bus again.
Regional District of Nanaimo Transit issued a release Tuesday stating that front door loading and fare collection on all buses, including handyDART, will resume on June 1.
The RDN also said that temporary vinyl panels have been installed on all buses in order to allow for physical distancing between the operator and passengers.
“Many of the measures put in place to respond to COVID-19 will continue and some additional practices and procedures will be implemented to align with B.C.’s Restart Plan. These measures follow guidance provided by the provincial health officer, WorkSafeBC and BC Transit,” the RDN said in its release.
Riders are encouraged to wear face masks while on the bus as well as at bus stops and the RDN will still limit passenger capacity onboard all its buses.
Enhanced cleaning procedures on buses and at RDN Transit facilities, and ongoing communication with staff and customers about physical distancing procedures, will also continue.
Meanwhile, the RDN also said its ferry shuttle route will switch from operating to Duke Point terminal and begin operating to the Departure Bay ferry terminal on June 3rd.
The route’s schedule, however, has not been finalized yet. More information can be found at www.rdn.bc.ca/transit-schedules