For Immediate Release
January 3, 2022
Media Contact: Andy Cole
Communication and Marketing Manager
The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) has responded to the recent rise in coronavirus cases by requiring that passengers board through the rear door of all vehicles, beginning Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
This change is being made with the health of all customers and TARTA personnel in mind, according to TARTA CEO Laura Koprowski.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have instituted a number of measures to help keep everyone safe while getting essential workers where they need to go on a daily basis,” Koprowski said. “We have never stopped service due to the coronavirus, but unfortunately circumstances call for steering away from front door boarding as a social distancing measure.
“We ask for the cooperation and understanding of our customers as we navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by this continuing health crisis. We appreciate the efforts TARTA team members have made in adjusting with the changes to keep the area moving during a difficult time.”
TARTA required customers to board through the rear door of vehicles early in the pandemic as one of several safety measures, and had removed the requirement in July of 2021. Other policies TARTA has put in place to help people travel and stay healthy include:
TARTA provides a vital link in the Toledo metro area to jobs, education, health care and other destinations. It enables everyone in our community to have access to transportation regardless of their age, race, physical ability or economic background. TARTA is underway with exploring and introducing new initiatives and service options that will enhance convenience and customer experience while moving our region into the future of public transit.
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