Hunterdon County’s LINK Transportation Service has recently returned to operating at full capacity — with the exception of the first row of seats behind the driver — as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
While the transportation service has remained operational since the onset of the outbreak, it has restricted its capacity to 50%, according to a press release shared with NJ Advance Media.
“The LINK bus operation, which is vital for many county residents, particularly our senior community, has had limited seating capacity during the pandemic,” Freeholder Deputy Director Susan Soloway said in the release. “But now the LINK buses are no longer limited to 50% capacity, as an executive order was approved last week to permit more individuals on public transport.”
All drivers and passengers are required to wear a face covering while on LINK vehicles, Soloway added. These vehicles are not providing service to COVID-19 testing sites in Hunterdon County, which includes the newly established HMG Assessment and Testing Site and Walmart located in Raritan Township, and the CVS in Readington Township.
No tickets or receipts and no change or bills for fares are currently being accepted by LINK, as removing the exchanges between drivers and passengers reduces the potential risk for COVID-19 transmission health officials advise, according to the press release.
“The Hunterdon County Freeholder Board provides this low-cost, grant-funded transportation system to help our people in need conduct their daily lives, and it has been a crucial service during the past few months while dealing with COVID- 19,” Soloway added.
For more information about the LINK Transportation Service, residents can call 800-842-0531 or visit LINK’s website.
Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.
Caroline Fassett may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.