RTC bus in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will end its fare-free bus rides on June 7, a spokesperson for RTC confirmed to FOX5 Wednesday morning.

RTC had implemented the fare-free rides on April 4 due to COVID-19 safety for its drivers, according to Angela Castro, Chief Strategy, Policy and Marketing Officer for RTC Southern Nevada. The agency will resume bus fares starting Sunday, June 7.

For a touchless boarding process, RTC recommends downloading the rideRTC app to purchase digital fares ahead of time. The free app is available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. However, purchasing paper passes and paying with cash through the on-board fareboxes remain options, RTC says.

Castro told FOX5's Ken Smith that RTC has lost $5 million a month in lost ridership fares.

The agency previously installed plastic barriers between drivers and riders. Starting Sunday, RTC says riders will also resume boarding at the front of the bus.

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