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Bus fares to be reinstated July 1 after 3-year break because of COVID-19


The city’s transit system will reinstate bus fares beginning July 1, more than three years after fares were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fares will apply to all fixed routes and paratransit services, according to the Fayetteville Area System of Transit.

“FAST was among many transit agencies in the nation to suspend fares in order to limit unnecessary interactions between riders and operators,” FAST Director Tyffany Neal said in a city news release.

FAST took other steps to keep employees and passengers safe such as implementing rear door boarding and sanitizing vehicles and facilities daily.

FAST will begin selling transit passes on June 1 at the Transit Center, 505 Franklin St. downtown.

Passes will also be sold at Carlie C’s supermarket locations, with options limited to five-day, five-day discount, 30-day, 30-day discount, 30-day youth, and “Summer Fun” passes. Carlie C’s stores are located at Eutaw Village, Bordeaux shopping center, Reilly Road and Cedar Creek.

Riders are asked to have their fares prepared before boarding the bus and to pay with exact change because drivers cannot handle cash and make change.

City employees can continue to ride free by displaying an identification badge.

Face masks are not mandatory, but riders are encouraged to wear them.

Visit www.RideFAST.net for more information.

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