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Metro Looking to Make Passes More Flexible

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 08:46AM
Gold Line Eastside Extension Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A Metro Gold Line train passes through 1st and Alameda.

Metro is looking to take advantage of its TAP smart card rollout by offering "rolling" passes designed to make life a little more flexible for transit riders.

Despite the rollout of the electronic fare media over the last several years, Metro today still only sells passes based on calendar weeks and months. A weekly pass is good from Sunday to Saturday, regardless of when it is purchased. The same applies to a monthly pass, which is good for the calendar month no matter when in the month a rider buys it.

A motion that goes before the transit agency's Executive Management committee today would change that, allowing the rolling passes that would be good from the day in which they are first used. The report by Metro staff says that change would reduce lines at sales centers and make life easier on visitors.

Staff recommends that the change be implemented in July.

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