PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) — Pueblo Transit is going ‘Fare Free’ again Thursday at 6 a.m. because of the rise of COVID-19 infections throughout the community.
The free fares are part of an effort to reduce public interactions and continue to get Puebloans where they need to go.
“Pueblo Transit is safe and open. We’re doing our part to show Pueblo, we can maintain a high-level of public safety and still be operational,” Public Transit Director Ben Valdez said.
“We want our riders, drivers and staff to be safe, so going to ‘Fare Free’, helps reduce personal interactions which allows us to keep Pueblo moving.”
The City of Pueblo and Pueblo Transit said they will revisit moving back to regular fares in early November and will make that decision based on COVID-19 infection risk levels.
Masks will still be mandatory on all transit busses, and busses will remain limited to a 15-passenger capacity.
Busses will continue to be sanitized before the start of each day’s service, according to Pueblo Transit. Also, high contact areas on each bus will continue to be cleaned frequently throughout the service day.
The change to free fares includes both Fixed Route and Para-Transit services. Passengers’ bus fares passes will remain valid or compensated after the move to free fares.
22-ride passes will still be valid when Pueblo Transit returns to normal fares. 35-day passes will be compensated with new passes, prorated to the amount of time remaining on their 35-day pass, as of 10/22.