RYDE Transit System to Reinstitute Paid Service Starting Monday September 28th
Precautions in place to protect both drivers and passengers
City of Racine – On Monday, September 28, RYDE, Racine Area Public Transit, will begin charging fares and allow passengers to board the bus using the front door. Fares remain unchanged from the pre-Covid-19 levels.
Charging fares was suspended on March 26, 2020 as an emergency measure to reduce close contact between riders, and between riders and drivers at the fare box. The resumption of fare collection is made possible by the widespread (and required) use of facemasks on City buses, and new Plexiglas shields which have been installed to separate drivers and riders.
“People rely on the bus to get to work, the grocery, and the doctor. It is a critical service for many in our community. Our goal during the pandemic was to keep service running but to do so in as safe a way as possible. In order to keep both drivers and passengers safe, we took measures to limit interactions, which included interactions at the front of the bus while collecting fares. We installed additional safety measures and are confident that we can safely resume fare collection,” said Michael Maierle, the City of Racine Transit and Parking System Manager
The maximum number of riders on the bus has been increased to 15 because the front seats are now generally available when not in use by persons with disabilities. Every second seat has now been marked as unavailable to facilitate social distancing. Small children are exempted from those rules for safety reasons.
Residents looking to purchase 10-ride or 30-day passes can find them at the following locations:
- Bus Administrative Office (1900 Kentucky Street)
- Piggly Wiggly (Durand)
- Malecki’s Piggly Wiggly (Washington)
- Pick ‘N Save (31)
- Pick ‘N Save (4 Mile Rd)
- Gateway Technical College
- Festival Foods