Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Mountain Line bus system has not been charging fares to use any routes. Starting October 21, fares will be back.
CEO and General Manager Heather Dalmolin says that they stopped charging fares back in March to reduce potential contact between drivers and passengers. However, they have since implemented safety precautions, like masks and physical barriers, which means fares are back.
After not collecting fares for 7 months, the Mountain Line lost $500,000 and is down to 20% of their original ridership. With students back in school, however, staff is expecting ridership to increase. NAU and CCC students can buy passes for $45, and K through 12 students can buy passes for $23. Pass prices for all other Mountain Line users remain the same.
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