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5/13/2020



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Pandemic update: Trinity Metro resumes fare collection; SEPTA defers fare increases


Trinity Metro suspended fare collection for nearly two months.
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Trinity Metro on May 17 will resume fare collection on its TEXRail commuter railroad in Texas following nearly two months of free fares. 

The agency suspended fares from mid-March to mid-May to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing and decreasing rider-to-employee interactions, Trinity Metro officials said in a press release.

Meanwhile, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced it will defer all proposed fare increases on its system until 2021 in an effort to aid in the region’s economic recovery.

In addition, SEPTA on July 1 plans to implement free transfers and discounted child fares. 

Earlier this week, New Jersey Transit increased employee access to COVID-19 testing by adding a second testing site in South Jersey. The testing site is operated through an agreement with Agile Urgent Care and Accurate Diagnostics Lab.  



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