On Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask requirement on public transportation through Mary 3. This requirement includes wearing face masks in airports, and when traveling by commercial aircraft, by buses and by commuter bus and rail systems.
The initial requirement, announced by the TSA on Jan. 31, 2021 previously was extended through April 18.
In Montgomery County, the requirement covers Ride On buses, Ride On extRa, Flex, Flash, Metrobus, Metrorail, taxis and on-demand car services. The county buses have a supply of face masks for riders who cannot provide their own. Children under the age of 2 years old and individuals with certain disabilities are not required to wear a face mask.
😷ICYMI😷@TSA has extend the Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for 15 additional days – through May 3, 2022.
— MCDOT (@MCDOTNow) April 14, 2022
All County operated buses remain free to all passengers through at least July 2. Fees were suspended during the onset of the pandemic.
The county will continue to clean the interiors of buses with a hospital-grade viral disinfectant. Bus filer and ventilation systems are treated with a disinfectant.