No more free rides on Yellowknife Transit

A Yellowknife bus stop. The city will be reintroducing fees after offering free transit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Luke Carroll)

After months of free transit, Yellowknifers will pay to ride the bus starting July 2.

The city waived transit fees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as the territory continues to relax restrictions, following the GNWT’s Emerging Wisely guidelines, fees are being reintroduced, a press release says.

Going forward, Yellowknife Transit says it’s attempting to limit contact between drivers and passengers. This includes replacing punch passes with sheets of tickets, starting July 22.

However, already purchased punch passes can be exchanged for a July monthly pass.

Additional service changes includes a maximum capacity of 25 people on the bus.

The city acknowledges in the press release, that it may be impossible to ensure constant physical distancing on busses. Yellowknife Transit therefore encourages passengers to wear facial coverings while riding the bus.

Passengers are also required to enter using the front doors and exit the back doors.

 

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Luke Carroll
Luke Carroll is a journalist originally from Brockville, Ont. He is happy to call the Northwest Territories home and is always listening for stories that matter to the community. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor in Ottawa, Halifax and New Brunswick. If you have a story idea, feel free to send him an email at luke.carroll@cklbradio.com