MWRTA Limiting Seating; Not Collecting Fares Starting April 6, During COVID-19 Pandemic

FRAMINGHAM – “The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority is continuously taking preventative measures and extra precaution to ensure the safety of all of our passengers and drivers,’ said the authority in a press release.

“MWRTA has been disinfecting all vehicles every night, providing drivers with disposable gloves, bottles of hand sanitizer, and, when requested, face masks. MWRTA has increased cleaning and disinfecting measures throughout the entire building, and is not allowing any non-essential outside visitors into the building until further notice,’ said the MWRTA in a statement.

MWRTA also requests that passengers only travel on public transit for
essential needs such as grocery shopping, visiting the pharmacy, and essential employees travelling to and from work, said the MWRTA.

“To continue our approach and focus on keeping all drivers and passengers as safe as possible, MWRTA will not be enforcing the fare policy beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020,” said the authority in a statement.”MWRTA feels that eliminating as much driver/passenger contact as possible and not touching surfaces is important and necessary to the safety and well-being of all.”

Additionally, MWRTA will close off every other seat inside the Fixed Route buses to ensure that passengers are sitting a safe distance from one another, said the Framingham-based authority.

“MWRTA is committed to continuing to provide Fixed Route service, and strongly requests that any rider who feels ill or experiences flu-like symptoms stay home and not travel,” said the Authority, who had an emergency meeting this afternoon.

Riders should continue to check the MWRTA
website at www.MWRTA.com for announcements and service updates.

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