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TransLink limits seats on buses so passengers can maintain proper distance

Last Updated Mar 26, 2020 at 4:57 pm PDT

FILE - TransLink will begin waiving bus fares on Friday, March 19, 2020 and asking riders to board using rear doors only to combat the spread of COVID-19. (NEWS 1130 photo) (CityNews Vancouver)

TransLink says half of the seats on buses will be left vacant starting Monday

The seats will be occupied by signs reminding people to keep their distance

If all available seats are occupied, a bus will not stop to pick up more passengers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — In an effort to enforce social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, TransLink is limiting the number of available seats on buses.

The change comes into effect Monday.

“Roughly half the seats on board buses will have signage installed to indicate that those seats are to be left vacant, which will allow for extra space between customers,” says a release.

“If the new seated capacity is reached, bus operators will not make any further stops to collect passengers, who will have to wait for the next bus.”

The overall number of people on transit has dropped dramatically, and TransLink doesn’t anticipate the changes will affect travel time.

Previous changes made to prevent the spread of the virus include boarding through the rear doors for anyone who is able, which means waiving fares.

TransLink also says it is “accelerating” the installation of protective barriers for drivers.