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Free Fares End Wednesday on Athens Transit

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Athens Transit is charging bus riders again starting Wednesday, July 15 after suspending fares during the coronavirus pandemic.

Riders had been boarding at the rear doors since March in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus between drivers and passengers.

The Athens-Clarke County Commission mandated that riders wear face masks on buses as part of an emergency order that took effect July 9. Reusable clothe masks are available while supplies last for those who don’t have one of their own.

The fare is $1.75 for most adults. Buses accept cash, but no change is given. Single- and multi-ride passes are available at the Multimodal Transportation Center and through the Token Transit smartphone app. Twenty-two-ride passes are $31.

Youth 18 and under, senior citizens 65 and older, the disabled, ACC employees, and UGA students, faculty and staff (with UGA cards) can continue to ride for free.

Starting Jan. 1, night and weekend buses will be free for everyone.