Starting July 1, Metro will introduce fare caps to day passes and seven day passes while eliminating 30 day passes from its offerings.
By Reina Esparza
Metro has announced that starting July 1, fair caps will limit the maximum amount that a rider will pay to $5 a day and $18 per week. After the maximum amount has been spent and the cap is reached, rides will be free for the rest of the day or week. Bus fareboxes and TAP validators at Metro stations will display how much stored value is being spent on that ride or if the ride is free. All regular base fares will continue to be $1.75 per ride.
In addition to these regular fare caps, senior and disabled riders will be offered a seven day pass with a $5 cap and a cap of $2.50 for a day pass. Senior and disabled base fares will remain 75 cents per ride. For students, day pass caps also will be $2.50, and seven day passes will be capped at $6. Students also will see a reduction in the base fare per ride, from $1 to 75 cents.
LIFE riders will continue to have 20 free rides per month. They will pay per ride until they reach the day or seven day cap. These caps will only be offered to riders with a TAP card. Riders who pay in cash will not be eligible for these fare caps.
Because of these caps, Metro no longer considers 30 day passes to be a necessary offering. Third day passes no longer will be sold once these fare caps go into effect in July. Until these changes go into effect, the regular seven day passes and 30 day passes will be sold at a discount of 50 percent of their normal price.
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