Philomath Connection bus
Philomath Connection passengers are no longer required to wear face coverings. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Passengers are no longer required to wear masks on Corvallis Transit System buses, officials announced earlier this week. The lifting of the mask mandate includes those who ride the Philomath Connection with the city of Philomath contracting with CTS to operate the route.

“Effective immediately, masks are now optional on our buses due to a change in federal law,” the city of Corvallis published on its website. “You are welcome to wear a mask but you are not required to. We ask everyone to be respectful of the masking choices of others.”

The Philomath Connection runs Monday through Saturday and continues as a free service to passengers. The route has several stops in between the two cities, including at Oregon State University. The Philomath Connection has seen a rise in ridership in recent months, according to statistics reported earlier this month to the Philomath City Council.

Many transit operations around the country eliminated mask requirements April 18 following a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had exceeded its authority by mandating face-coverings on mass transportation.