Fares Returning To Buses, Streetcars In New Orleans

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The Regional Transit Authority will charge fares for the first time in weeks and increase transit service when the city begins reopening this weekend amid declining new cases of the coronavirus.

Beginning Sunday, officials say riders will once again pay $1.25 to ride most RTA buses or streetcars in the city, with 50 cents to transfer between vehicles.

The system will also restore routes it had taken offline in recent weeks and will operate on a Saturday transit schedule each day.

All riders must also continue to wear masks, a mandate that took effect May 1st.

The moves come as a reopening plan Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced this week takes effect Saturday and as the agency expects the city's Newly reopened businesses to attract more riders.

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