Bonnie London boards an East Texas Council of Governments GoBus on Sept. 3, 2015.

GoBus, which provides bus service to 14 East Texas Counties, will resume collecting trip fares beginning Sept. 1, the East Texas Council of Governments said.

Fares had been waived for the last 18 months as a way to reduce interaction between drivers and riders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GoBus plans to bring back its fee structure of $2 for a one-way trip and $1 for each additional trip in its service area, which includes Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

For active military members or veterans, transportation to the Overton Brooks VA Hospital in Shreveport is free through the GoVet program and runs on Tuesdays. GoBus also said sponsored trips for seniors going to a medical appointment or a senior center will continue through a partnership with the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas.

GoBus offers trips from the rural areas into the urbanized areas of Longview or Tyler on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Book a trip by calling 1-800-590-3371 or request a trip online at gobustransit.com. Riders can pre-pay for fares by purchasing a GoPass. GoBus also accepts payments in cash, credit or debit.

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