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Bloomington Transit Service Temporarily Free Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

A Bloomington Transit public transportation bus in service.

Starting Tuesday, March 23, all Bloomington residents can ride any BT bus for free. (WFIU/WTIU File Photo)

Bloomington Transit (BT) will operate at no cost to commuters beginning Tuesday morning.

This includes all fixed route and BT Access services buses.

Mayor John Hamilton says the bus system is an important because everyone still needs to get to essential places.

“Getting to health care services, or groceries, or other needs that they have. So, we’re doing all we can to keep our drivers on the job and safe, and also keep that system operating," Hamilton says. 

Hamilton says fares generally cover 10 percent of Bloomington Transit’s total cost, but the government could foot the bill as part of the county’s emergency declaration.

He says the city will sort out the financial details once they know more about the emergency funds.

Hamilton also says each bus will be cleaned daily and all riders will enter and exit through the back doors to prevent any contact with bus drivers. 

For all local bus routes and times visit the BT website

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