Are riders required to wear a mask on the bus?
Yes. Governor Inslee has mandated that wearing a mask is required in all public places. This includes public transportation. Wear a mask when you ride the bus, and on all WTA property.
Why is wearing a mask important?
- By wearing a mask, you protect others. Others wearing masks protects you.
- We can only provide service (and eventually return to our regular service) if we can operate safely.
- Wearing masks (along with washing hands, social distancing, and staying home when you're sick) is one of the best tools we have to keep our buses safe.
- We know masks can be uncomfortable. Thank you for wearing one anyway.
Will WTA be enforcing the requirement to wear a mask?
No. WTA employees will be informing, not enforcing. We will be actively encouraging people to wear masks by:
- Making masks available to people who don't have them.
- Providing extra staff at our stations, to talk with riders one-on-one.
- Communicating through signage, social media, and community partners.
Why isn't WTA enforcing the requirement to wear a mask?
- The work environment of our front line employees has become increasingly difficult.
- In the interest of reducing conflict, we are not asking them to enforce this mandate.
- Remember that some people have reasons they can't wear a mask, that you can't see.
Why is WTA running reduced service?
Our current level of service is what we're able to sustain, based on:
- The availability of bus drivers
- The availability of staff and supplies to keep our buses and facilities clean and safe
- Our capacity to add service on our busiest routes, to allow for greater physical distancing onboard
When will WTA go back to charging fares?
We're not sure yet. We will give riders and the community plenty of advanced notice, when we're ready to begin charging fares again.