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MTA to start collecting bus fares again in August

Another MTA bus taken for a joyride
Posted at 2:24 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 15:54:04-04

MANHATTAN — The MTA will be reopening their fare boxes on buses again in August.

The boxes had been not put to use since the beginning of adjusted schedules for the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have to make sure we're balancing safety with collecting fares," said Interim President of the New York City Transit Authority in a Tuesday press conference.

The announcement comes amid what Feinberg admits are bad times for the MTA.

"It's no surprise that the MTA's financial situation is dire," she said. "Collecting fares isn't going to get us to the other side of that, we need a lot more."

Feinberg continued to lobby for help from the federal government.

"The reality is, without assistance from Washington, we're gonna face some significant challenges.

MTA buses have become a lifeline for essential workers during the pandemic, especially those who have to travel overnight, as NYC Transit has shut down subways for cleaning every night between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. until the pandemic is over.