IndyGo to cut schedule, eliminate fares due to coronavirus

rop-indygo-011218-450bp.jpg

IndyGo is temporarily eliminating fares, reducing its service schedule and taking other actions starting Sunday in response to the coronavirus.

“These measures are intended to increase the safety of transit riders and employees by lessening the need for non-essential interactions and reducing service frequency to reflect declining ridership,” IndyGo said in a prepared statement issued Thursday evening.

IndyGo spokeswoman Lesley Gordon told IBJ that the bus system has seen “an expected steady decline in ridership with the travel restrictions in place,” but she did not provide specifics about how much ridership has fallen off.

To reduce interactions aboard buses, IndyGo is suspending all fares and will require riders to board through the vehicles’ rear entrances. Riders who need to use a wheelchair-accessible ramp will continue to board the buses via the front door.

IndyGo said it will begin running routes on a Saturday schedule six days a week, which means buses will be running less often than usual on weekdays. Sunday service will remain as scheduled.

IndyGo also said it’s advising riders to “practice social distancing by maintaining as much space between themselves and other riders as possible.”

The coronavirus-related adjustments will be in effect until further notice, and IndyGo said it is “monitoring the situation closely and may implement additional adjustments as deemed necessary.”

Please enable JavaScript to view this content.

Editor's note: IBJ is now using a new comment system. Your Disqus account will no longer work on the IBJ site. Instead, you can leave a comment on stories by signing in to your IBJ account. If you have not registered, please sign up for a free account now. Past comments are not currently showing up on stories, but they will be added in the coming weeks. Please note our updated comment policy that will govern how comments are moderated.

One thought on “IndyGo to cut schedule, eliminate fares due to coronavirus

{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining
{{ articles_remaining }}
Free {{ article_text }} Remaining Article limit resets in {{ count_down }} days.