Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon has begun a unique retrofit of its transit bus fleet in order to be able to return to regular transit fare collection as of Friday, May 1st. All 17 regular buses in Brandon Transit’s fleet are being outfitted with a plexiglass partition in order to create a safe separation between bus operators and passengers at the front of the bus. As of Friday, May 1st, Brandon Transit users will, once again, be expected to board the bus through the front door and present fare for SMART Card or cash fare collection at that time.
The Brandon Transit Information Centre located at 21-8th Street will reopen to the public as of Monday, April 27th to allow for transit users to reload SMART Cards. SMART Cards can also be reloaded at Sobeys West or, beginning May 1st, can be reloaded directly on board a transit bus. Please note that change cannot be provided for cash fare on board a transit bus; however change can be made by staff at the Information Centre.
At this time, the City of Brandon would ask for the continued cooperation of all transit users in following all provincial health recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the community, including covering your mouth with a tissue or your arm to cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your nose, eyes or mouth, and placing a separation of at least six feet between you and others while riding the bus, facing out towards the window wherever possible. Personal face masks or gloves can be worn by transit riders should they wish; however, the City of Brandon would stress that such items be disposed of in the proper refuse bins ONLY and not discarded on buses or on the ground.
Information on the City of Brandon’s COVID-19 pandemic response can be found at http://www.brandon.ca/covid-19-updates. General enquiries relating to municipal services can be directed to the City of Brandon Enquiry Line at 204-729-2186 during regular business hours or can be submitted online at http://www.brandon.ca/contact-us.
(City of Brandon PSA)