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SamTrans to begin rear-door boarding to support social distancing

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SamTrans is set to begin implementing rear-door boarding on buses with multiple doors Wednesday to improve social distancing, per recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ADA passengers and riders needing assistance will still be able to board through the front doors, the transit agency said. SamTrans is not charging fares to ride buses until further notice.

SamTrans asks riders to try to stay six feet apart from fellow passengers while riding the bus.

The transit agency has experienced a 65-70 percent average weekday ridership loss due to the COVID-19 response. SamTrans anticipates monthly revenue fare loss of $1.3 million.

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