More social distancing on Cobb, Gwinnett buses

Cobb and Gwinnett counties are taking additional steps to protect their bus drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday CobbLinc began blocking off priority seating on local buses and regular seating in the front of commuter buses. A county spokesman said the move is designed to adhere to social-distancing guidelines, putting some space between drivers and passengers.

CobbLinc passengers are still required to board at the front of the bus and pay at the farebox.

Meanwhile, Gwinnett County Transit plans to begin rear boarding on its local bus routes and is suspending fare collection on those routes beginning Monday. Again, the idea is to separate drivers from passengers.

Gwinnett’s express buses – which carry passengers to major job centers around Atlanta – have only one door, so the change does not apply to those routes.

The moves in Cobb and Gwinnett follow MARTA's decision to begin rear-door boarding of most bus passengers on Thursday.