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Community Transit requires customers to wear masks on buses. Free masks are available on all buses. Read the full update.

Safe and Healthy Tips for Riding Transit

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Customer Mask Compliance to be Enforced Per New Federal Order

February 1, 2021

Community Transit is deeply committed to providing a safe experience for all riders and our employees.

Health officials continue to advise us that the most effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a face covering to limit infected individuals from spreading the disease. Washington State has mandated mask wearing on public transit for several months and our customers have done a great job of keeping themselves and each other safe – nearly 99% of riders across our system are wearing masks on our buses. A new federal order has been issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that requires riders to properly wear face masks when using public transit vehicles and when on property where customers board, exit or wait for a transit vehicle.

To make the best effort to comply with the CDC Order, Community Transit will enforce customer mask compliance, effective immediately. As noted above, 99% of our riders are already wearing masks on our buses. We will continue to offer free masks on all of our buses if customers do not bring their own. However, according to the order, refusing to wear a mask or face covering is a violation of the new federal order and passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law.

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Commitments to Health and Safety

APTA Task Force SealCommunity Transit joined six local partner agencies, transit agencies across the country, and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to commit to industry best practices for safe public transit in response to public concerns about riding transit during COVID-19 crisis.

The APTA Health & Safety Commitments Program supports four broad commitments:

  • Following public health guidelines from official sources.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting transit vehicles frequently, and requiring face coverings and other protections.
  • Keeping passengers informed and empowered to choose the safest times and routes to ride.
  • Putting health first by requiring riders and employees to avoid public transit if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel ill.

See Community Transit's health and safety commitments


Our response to your COVID-19 concerns

Our top priorities are to continue service to the public and to keep our employees healthy and safe. Thank you for partnering with us to help prevent the spread of illness. 

More information on our updated operating practices is found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Face coverings are mandatory.



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