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Turlock Transit to resume regular schedule
Free rides continue through July
Turlock Transit
Turlock Transit rides will continue to be provided at no-cost to passengers on both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride buses through the end of July (Journal file photo).

Turlock Transit will go back to its standard operations schedule — pre-shelter in place restrictions — starting Monday.

The City of Turlock buses had reduced its operating schedules on April 1 in response to significant ridership changes and public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting Monday, fixed route services will resume operating from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dial-a-Ride service will be available to eligible passengers during those same service hours.

Rides will continue to be provided at no-cost to passengers on both fixed route and Dial-a-Ride buses. The costs for providing these services are offset by transit funding available from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the end of June. A state grant under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) will pay the full fare for each passenger on fixed route through the month of July.

Fare collection is set to resume for both services on Aug. 1.

Turlock Transit will continue to take steps to maintain public health and reduce the community transmission of COVID-19, including the encouragement of passengers to:

· Stay home if sick;

· Sneeze or cough into a tissue, if available, or the inside of their elbow;

· Wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

· Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet between themselves and individuals that do not live with them whenever possible; and

· Wear a face covering when in public places.

Turlock Transit will continue to do its part by: regularly cleaning and sanitizing buses and transit facilities; providing hand sanitizer and single-use face masks to passengers at no charge; providing reminders of social distancing through floor decals and signs; and communicating regularly with the public through flyers, website updates and social media postings.

For more information, visit http://www.turlocktransit.com or call (209) 668-5600.