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Iowa City and Coralville drop fares on city buses

An Iowa City Transit bus sits at a stop on Washington Street in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (The Gazette)
An Iowa City Transit bus sits at a stop on Washington Street in Iowa City on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Iowa City and Coralville have suspended bus fares, but have asked riders to limit travel only to essential trips.

Additionally, riders have been asked to enter the bus through the back door.

“The measures help promote social distancing, while also enabling the city to provide essential transportation services,” Iowa City transportation director Darian Nagle-Gamm said in a news release.

Coralville also encouraged riders to practice social distancing at bus stops and when entering, exiting and riding city buses.

Both cities said riders with mobility devices or issues still can board the bus through the front door by knocking on the front entrance of the bus.

In addition to dropping fares, the cities have stepped up nightly cleaning of the buses with disinfectants, targeting the driver’s area and common surfaces.

In Iowa City, posters with hygiene recommendations in English, Spanish and Chinese have been put on every bus. Signs also have been placed on Coralville buses recommending good hygiene practices.

Spray bottles of disinfectant, boxes of Nitrile gloves and paper towels have been placed on each Iowa City bus. Coralville bus drivers have access to disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer at all times.

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Each Iowa City Transit/parking restroom and wash areas have been equipped with antibacterial soap and hand-washing guides, and transit offices and break areas are disinfected several times a day.

The city said disinfectant wipes will not be available to individual riders due to their limited quantity.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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