WeGo Public Transit increased the number of trips on certain routes during peak times to help alleviate crowding onboard, promoted social distancing and resumed collecting fares.
The fall service changes that started last Sunday also included a return to front-door boarding practices and resumption of fare collection.
In April, WeGo permitted bus operators to allow rear-door boarding and forego collecting fares to better control passenger flow onboard due to COVID-19.
Ongoing work to install operator compartment shields between the bus operator's seat and the front door and a campaign to promote the use of face coverings while riding transit allowed the agency to resume front-door boarding and fare collection while balancing customer transportation needs and the continued health and safety of bus operators.
Building upon the Saturday+ enhanced scenario introduced earlier in the summer, the fall service changes feature additional trips on the following routes to allow for proper social and physical distancing:
• Lebanon – extra trips will be added in weekdays at 7:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
• Hillsboro – extra trips will be added in weekdays at 6:05 a.m., 7:15 a.m. and 8:05 a.m.
• Murfreesboro – extra trips will be added to the full route to Hickory Hollow throughout the day. Consult the Route 55 schedule for detailed information.
In addition, the Route 77 Thompson stop at Greentree Terrace Apartments will become a regular stop and be served on all trips. The stops at Radnor Towers and Sidco and Norris will remain flex stops. Customers may request a pickup at the locations by calling 615-862-4646.
All bus routes not mentioned will continue to operate on the Saturday+ enhanced schedule put into effect May 31, including additional trips operating only from downtown to the midpoint of routes 22 Bordeaux, 52 Nolensville, 55 Murfreesboro, and 56 Gallatin.
An overview of the new plan is available online, and individual route schedules were released Wednesday.