Reminder: Federal Mask Mandate on Public Transportation Extended to January 18

by MCS Staff
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The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) reminds residents that Federal guidelines continue to require riders to wear face coverings for the duration of their trips when traveling by public transportation.

The regulation covers County Ride On buses, Ride On extRa, Flash, Metrobus, Metrorail and when taking taxis or on-demand car services.

MCDOT buses have a supply of face coverings for riders who cannot provide their own.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mask mandate on transit was extended to January 18 back in August. The previous Federal mask order ran through September 13.

All County operated buses including Ride On, Ride On extRa and Flash buses will remain free to all passengers through at least September 2021. Fees were suspended during the onset of the pandemic.

Social distancing continues to be strongly recommended on board the buses and trains and at bus stops and shelters. Bus interiors will continue to be cleaned by the County’s Department of General Services twice daily with a hospital-grade viral disinfectant. Bus filter and ventilation systems are treated each night with a disinfectant.

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