May 18, 2021

Masks Are Still Required on Metro Transit

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Federal mask mandate signage at Emerson Park Transit CenterMasks or face coverings continue to be required for riders and team members when on MetroBus, MetroLink or Metro Call‑A‑Ride vehicles, and while at Metro Transit Centers and on MetroLink station platforms. Masks are required for individuals who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who are not vaccinated.

Metro Transit’s mask policy, which was established in May 2020, remains in effect to protect passengers and team members while they are on the transit system, and to comply with the federal face mask requirement from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The TSA established a face mask requirement on February 1, 2021, for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the country, including public transit systems. Metro Transit will continue to comply with this federal policy, which is currently in effect until September 13, 2021.

Riding Safely

Since March 2020, we have made adjustments to transit operations and policies to protect our riders and team members, while continuing to provide transportation options for everyone throughout the region. Here are some reminders for riding safely with us:

  • Federal mandate requires everyone to wear a mask on Metro Transit. Please wear your face covering on MetroLink platforms, at Metro Transit Centers, when riding on MetroLink, MetroBus and Metro Call‑A‑Ride vehicles or waiting for your bus.
  • Whenever possible, practice social distancing when on your vehicle or when waiting at your stop.
  • Wash your hands regularly, or use hand sanitizer, and don’t ride if you are feeling ill.
  • Use the Transit app for a contactless fare. You can buy MetroBus and MetroLink one-ride tickets and 2-hour passes through the Transit app with our mobile fares option.

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2 thoughts on “Masks Are Still Required on Metro Transit”

  1. Rose Jenkins says:

    That Bi-State continues to perpetuate the myth that masks protect people is astoundingly pitiful. NOBEL PRIZE WINNING doctors and ICU docs have LINED UP AGAINST MASKING, etc. But, NO! we have people “in charge” without any biological knowledge telling those of us who know better that they HAVE TO WEAR a dangerous, useless thing across our faces. YOU’RE IN THE WRONG HERE. And if you don’t know better, you’d better find the TRUTH and stop doing wrong.

    1. Lindsey says:

      While Metro Transit encourages CDC recommendations for masking, we do not require face coverings or enforce mask wearing on the system. Team members and passengers do still have the option to wear masks if they choose. This change to our policy was made on April 18, 2022, when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rescinded its order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at public transportation hubs.

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