MBTA will start collecting more fares Monday; Bus drivers will bypass stops to avoid crowding
The MBTA will resume fare collection on buses and on the commuter rail on Monday, it said in a Friday email. Fare collection will also begin again on trolleys at street-level stops on the green line and Mattapan Line.
Bus passengers should know that drivers now have discretion to bypass a stop to avoid overcrowding. If drivers see a customer with a disability waiting at a stop the bus will bypass, the driver “ alerts the Control Center, will notify that individual that the stop is being passed due to crowding, and will alert the customer to the approximate time of the next available bus that can accommodate them,” according to the email.
Customers should continue to make efforts to distance and are reminded that face coverings are required onboard vehicles and within the whole MBTA system, transportation officials said in the email. Customers are also encouraged to pay with a preloaded CharlieCard or CharlieTicket on buses and trolleys, though they may also pay with cash. Commuter Rail customers are encouraged to use the mTicket app for payment or buy a Five-day Flex Pass on the mTicket app.