BANGOR- Changes are coming to the Community Connector transit service.
Beginning July 1, the Community Collector transit service will be resuming their fare collections, as well as allowing more than 10 passengers on a bus at a time.
Since March 20, the Community Connector had been offering free rides to passengers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But passengers could only enter through the rear door and the first rows of seats were taped off to protect the bus drivers.
“We’re going to take the caution tape down, we’re going to open that front door back up, we’re going to allow the passengers to board like they did before COVID-19 and put their fare or their ticket or their pass or whatever they’re paying with and go by the driver and put it in the canister and then they can take a seat inside the bus and there will be no seats that will be quarantined off,” Community Connector Bus Superintendent Laurie Linscott said.
She said the rate for the rides will be $1.50.
“We’re still encouraging that you only use the transit for essential services, so kind of just joyriding shouldn’t be what you’re using transit for. But if you have a place to go, you need to get your groceries, you need to go to your doctors appointments or anything like that, we’ll definitely encourage you to ride,” Linscott said.
She added that their will still be safety precautions in place which will require passengers to enter at the front door and exit from the rear door.
Also face coverings are still required.
“I’m really feeling confident tomorrow will go well and over the next few weeks ridership will climb back with regards with going for essential trips,” she added.
There will be no bus services on July 4, but there will be fare free bus services on July 14 which is the day of the state primary and special referendum election election day.