NORFOLK, Va. - The governing board of Hampton Roads Transit voted unanimously to suspend temporarily all transit fares for HRT services effective Friday, April 10.
According to a release by HRT, the suspension is expected to continue until June 10.
Available COVID-19 emergency state and federal funds will be used to pay for each participating city’s budgeted ridership for the duration of this free-fare period.
The move is part of the continuing effort to limit social contact by allowing customers to forego paying a fare, limit interaction with the operator, and not contact the fare box, among the most touched objects in a transit bus.
Customers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel, and if they must travel, to board and exit at the rear of the bus. Handicapped patrons and others requiring the bus to kneel for easy front access can still board at the front.