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Full Capacity Finally Allowed For Public Transit

Although masks are still required for public transit riders, a number of systems have resumed full capacity on their busses. And that also includes Nevada County Connects, starting today, July first. Manager Robin Van Valkenburgh says only eleven out of 26 seats have been available since the start of the pandemic. But he says the government has helped them recover part of the 60-percent loss of revenue…

click to listen to Robin Van Valkenburgh

And Van Valkenburgh says the state government has also allowed transit systems to waive their farebox recovery ratio, which is the bulk of their budgeted revenue each year. He says while he expects ridership to pick up, with the capacity limit lifted, it’ll likely take a while…

click to listen to Robin Van Valkenburgh

Van Valkenburgh says the mask mandate for public transit is also expected to be lifted on September 13th. Meanwhile, the change to traditional hours won’t take place for another month or so. It’ll go back to being 6:30am to 7:30pm Monday through Friday, instead of 7:30am to 4:30pm, which normally only applies to Saturday. Service to North San Juan had also been halted, and runs had been reduced for Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, and Auburn riders.

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