Public bus riders can travel for free starting Wednesday.

The County of Lackawanna Transit System announced the suspension of fares through at least April 10 to keep drivers a safe distance from passengers.

Passengers should enter through buses’ rear doors. Passengers with disabilities can still use the front doors and ramp.

COLTS wants drivers healthy so they can keep taking passengers to their jobs, medical appointments and grocery shopping, executive director Bob Fiume said.

COLTS buses began running on Saturday schedules today until further notice.

COLTS’ shared-ride for people with disabilities will also suspend fares.

Shared-ride is running dialysis, medical appointments, pharmacy and grocery shopping, as well as trips for the disabled.

The Lackawanna Transit Center customer service desk remains closed, but the lobby is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please see or COLTS’ Facebook page for further schedule updates.