Front-door boarding and fare collection will return to Suffolk County Transit buses, the county announced Monday.
Passengers are still required to wear face coverings, per Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.
Protective barriers have been installed on all Suffolk County Transit buses to help keep the bus drivers safe from infection, which eliminates the larger cordon areas near the front to allow for more seating.
“As we move from phase to phase, we continue to re-evaluate policies and procedures where it makes sense,” Bellone said. “While we transition back to front-door boarding, we need the public to remain vigilant and follow all the guidance to ensure we continue to stop the spread.”
On March 23, the county implemented a rear-door boarding policy on fixed route bus service. Riders were required to board using the rear entrance of the bus, and the first few rows of the bus were isolated to create a safe social distance between the riders and the driver.