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Monroe city council approves upgrades for Transit System

Major upgrades are coming to the Monroe Transit System.
Major upgrades are coming to the Monroe Transit System.(Source: KNOE)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 11:10 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Major upgrades are coming to the Monroe Transit System.

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, members adopted two resolutions to purchase three new handicap accessible buses, and implement a new mobile system officials believe will provide a safer experience for riders.

“It’s going to be a touchless ticketing system, and a new way during the times of COVID to keep from touching high contact surface areas,” said Mayor Friday Ellis.

It’s called Mobile Ticketing.

All you have to do is pay your fare through a phone, show the driver and head to your destination.

As safety becomes more of a priority amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Friday Ellis said this new technology will become a huge asset.

“Think about the fragile and elderly that are riding the transit system as well. Those are the ones that are most susceptible to COVID and it’s our goal to ensure their safety. That’s the reason why we looked at this hands free mobile ticketing that you can scan,” said Ellis.

This could also propel new services for the Transit System. Officials have had talks to expand hours and bus routes.

“As a matter of fact the Transit Director and I just linked up this week to talk about how we can expand some of these services, maybe extend some of the bus routes and pilot some of these to figure out how they’re working,” said Ellis.

A continued effort to provide reliable resources to the people of Monroe.

“This proves that we have a solid team and people looking out for the public and everyone in Transit there making sure that the people and their workers are being taken care of,” said Ellis.

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