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Riding public transit in Tucson is free through March

Riding public transit in Tucson is free through March

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Riders will have their fares waived through the end of March, officials said.

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The City of Tucson is making all public transit free in response to the virus outbreak, officials said Friday.

Beginning Saturday, Sun Tran, Sun Link and Sun Van riders will have their fares waived through the end of the March, a city news release said. Officials will reevaluate the changes in April.

Riders are encouraged to use transit for essential trips.

Sun Tran and Sun Van services are currently operating on normal schedules.

Buses will operate from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Van service will run weekdays from 4 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.

The Sun Link streetcar is operating on its summer schedule. Services end at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, and at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. It'll run from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Officials also ask that passengers practice social distancing, creating six feet of space between each other.

To keep drivers safe, passengers now enter and exit the vehicles through rear doors, except for those using mobility devices, the news release said. A yellow line and rope will also be placed at the front of vehicles to keep people a safe distance from drivers.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com

On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1

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