Salem CART News

Mike Whitten and Laurie Makarawicz from MTA were at the Salem Senior Center discussing the Salem CART service. Watch it here

CDC issued an Order imposing mask requirement applicable to public transportation…

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order imposing a mask requirement applicable to public transportation systems, rail, and van, bus and motorcoach service providers to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. The CDC Order implements President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, “to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”

Science-based measures are critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing is one of several proven life-saving measures including physical distancing, appropriate ventilation and timely testing that can reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Requiring masks will protect America’s transportation workers and passengers, help control the transmission of COVID-19, and aid in re-opening America’s economy.

In addition to the CDC order, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) anticipates issuing additional information and guidance on this topic.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has posted Frequently Asked Questions online and will continue to add to this site with additional information in the coming days. The Department will be scheduling stakeholder calls beginning the week of February 1, 2021.

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/Mask-Order-CDC_GMTF_01-29-21-p.pdf

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/26/2021-01859/promoting-covid-19-safety-in-domestic-and-international-travel

https://www.transportation.gov/safety/mask-travel-guidance

Closed: 12/25 and 1/1/2021

MTA will be closed December 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021 in observation of the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day holidays.

Weather Delays Expected 12-17-20

Expect major delays due to road/weather conditions on Thursday 12/17/2020. Plan ahead on intercity routes (Concord, Nashua) as weather predictions are indicating white out conditions. We expect to operate full service, with major delays.

https://www.wmur.com/article/snow-could-pile-higher-than-a-foot-in-parts-of-new-hampshire/34991303

Service Suspension: Route 5, 11, & 41

MTA has temporarily suspended the evening bus service on Route 5: River Rd, Route 11: Front St and Route 41: The Green DASH, from 6:30pm on. This service will restart when the Manchester Colleges and Universities re-open.

Closed: Thanksgiving

MTA is closed Thursday, November 26, 2020 in observation of Thanksgiving. There is no transit or school bus service.

Mask Mandate on all MTA buses

In accordance with the emergency order issued by Governor Sununu, all riders over the age of five (5) are required to wear facial coverings while boarding the bus as well as for the duration of their trip. If you have a medical condition which prevents you from wearing a mask, you may visit the Welcome Center at Veteran’s park for a free waiver card to present while boarding the bus. For questions, please call (603) 623-8801 and select option 2.

Closed: Veterans Day

MTA is closed Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in observation of Veterans Day. There is no transit or school bus service.

Fare Restoration: Passenger Notice

Passenger Notice: Beginning November 1, 2020 MTA will be charging passenger fares again. Passes that are currently inactivated, but still valid, may be used as normal. Passengers using MTA Fixed Route, StepSaver and CART will be charged the standard fare for each trip as outlined in the fare structure.
Passengers will be able to purchase tickets online, at the Welcome Center or on the bus. Day, Week and Month passes are available on the bus for purchase. However, cash denominations greater than a $50 bill are not accepted in the fare box and excess cash is not kept at the Welcome Center.
Passengers will be required to show half-fare verification as described in the Passenger Guidelines located on the website and in the schedule pamphlet. This includes the U-Pass program. Please note, MCC students will not be providing a student ID card as they have not been issued them for this school year, all other University students will still use their student ID. All University passengers will need a U-Pass fare card to ride.

See the official notice here.

Stay Healthy while riding MTA

We ask that all passengers please wear a mask while riding MTA buses to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While we are not requiring that passengers wear a mask, we are encouraging that everyone does. We hope that everyone will help to keep all passengers and our drivers safe and healthy!

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