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WEB EXCLUSIVE GoRaleigh, GoDurham, GoTriangle and GoCary passengers will continue to be able to ride the bus fare-free through June 30, 2022—an extension of the fare suspension that started in March 2020 in an effort to ease financial burdens for frontline workers and community members during the pandemic.
The announcement comes in part of the transit agencies’ decision to not include any fare revenue in the budgets prepared for the 2022 fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021, and runs through June 30, 2022.
“As we finally start to emerge from this pandemic, our transit agencies see this as an opportunity to do something good for the community while we also welcome back riders and attract new ones,” said GoTriangle President and CEO Charles E. Lattuca in a news release. “We’ll bring even more value to the federal money as we use it to expand equity and impact our community in a positive way.”
The transit agencies also hope that continuing the lifted fare will encourage Triangle residents to take advantage of the many activities, local businesses and more that have now fully reopened—despite any financial obstacles—as well as help avoid congestion and address climate change.
“The transit providers in our area are suspending all fares for the next year to ensure that our residents can access jobs, health care, education and other opportunities regardless of their financial situation while maintaining their safety as well as that of our operators,” added Michael Parker, chairman of the GoTriangle Board of Trustees. “We are looking forward to welcoming all residents of the Triangle onto our vehicles.”
Riders will still be asked to wear masks on public transit up until at least Sept. 13, and all federal safety guidelines regarding cleaning, masks and social distancing will continue to be followed as well. Ride on, Raleigh!
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