TransLink is resuming front-door boarding and fare collection on all buses starting June 1.
TransLink is also adding temporary plexiglass and vinyl barriers on its fleet to protect drivers.
It is estimated that approximately $2 million per month will be collected by resuming fare collection on the bus system, TransLink said.
The agency said it losing around $75 million each month due to several factors, including significant reductions in ridership and fuel tax revenue.
“We’ve managed to find an innovative solution which ensures the safety of our bus operators, while also allowing for safe fare collection,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
“We’ve already started to procure materials and install the barriers on our fleet, with an expectation that this process will be complete by June.”
TransLink is also advising customers that previously announced bus route suspensions and frequency reductions will come into effect on May 18th.
As many as 41 routes will be suspended, in addition to the 18 routes which were suspended in April, and six that were suspended in early May.
Frequency will also be reduced on most remaining bus routes.
TransLink is also asking customers to only travel on transit during peak hours if necessary, so space is available for essential service workers.