RTC Lowers Cost of Bus Passes for Everyone, Extends Reduced Fares to Veterans and More Seniors

Reno, Nevada (May 31, 2017) – The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Board recently approved making bus passes more affordable for everyone and extending reduced-fare eligibility to benefit Veterans and seniors. The RTC is also simplifying transit-fare options to make buying a bus pass easier and to encourage more people to use transit.

“We’re proud to lower bus fares to create a more cost-effective transportation choice for seniors in our community and for the Veterans who have served our country with honor and courage,” said RTC Chair and City of Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Smith.

University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) students will also benefit from new, lower bus pass prices.

When these new fare changes go into effect this fall, Veterans will be eligible for reduced transit fares and the age for reduced senior-fare eligibility will decrease from age 65 to 60, allowing more seniors and Veterans to qualify for reduced fares.

New transit pricing includes:

· The 24-Hour Pass will change to a Day Pass. Prices will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00 (regular cost) and $2.50 to $1.50 (reduced cost). Transfers will be eliminated. Day Passes will expire at midnight of the same day of activation.

· The 7-Day Pass price will be reduced from $19.50 to $14.50 (regular cost) and $9.75 to $6.00 (reduced cost).

· The 31-Day Disabled Pass price will be $32.50.

· Veterans will qualify for the reduced-fare rate offered to seniors, youth and individuals with disabilities.

· The price of student Wolf Pass and TMCC bus passes will decrease from $230 to $147 annually, or $73.50 for a six-month pass

· The price of a single trip for individuals with disabilities will decrease from $1.00 to $0.75. The price of a single trip for an ACCESS ID holder will change from $0.50 to $0.75.

“The new fare structure will ensure the availability of affordable public transportation to everyone, provide fare equity among public transportation services and passenger categories, and provide a strong incentive for transit use to help reduce region-wide traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director. “Overall this will help to increase transit ridership.”

These changes will become effective on September 4, 2018.

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