Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fwd: Fare Policy Changes Coming Jan 1st!

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From: "Chandana Cherukupalli" <info@pittsburghforpublictransit.org>
Date: Dec 20, 2016 3:34 PM
Subject: Fare Policy Changes Coming Jan 1st!
To: <mark@rauterkus.com>

Hey all,

Just a reminder that beginning January 1st, Port Authority will be instituting its new fare policies. All areas will be Zone 1. For those with a ConnectCard, the fare will be $2.50, and transfers will be $1.00. For those paying with cash, the fare will be $2.75, and paper transfers will be eliminated.

ConnectCards will now be sold in Goodwill and other neighborhood locations in addition to Giant Eagle Stores. For a full list of vendors, please visit http://www.connectcard.org/connectcard-locatio ns.aspx

While PPT supports the implementation of one fare throughout the county, we are concerned about the elimination of paper transfers as there is inadequate infrastructure to reload the cards. Low income riders that use cash will be hit the hardest. Riders that cannot afford weekly or monthly passes and need to upload money when they have cash on hand may have difficulty if there are no vendors near them. Those that do not have credit cards/bank account or internet access will not be able to use the online reloading system. The blog The Incline has a more detailed account: http://theincline.com/2016/12/20/change-is-coming-to-port-authority-buses-heres-what-you-need-to-know/.

If you are having difficulty finding a ConnectCard vendor near you, please let Port Authority know this is a problem. Call Port Authority Customer Service at 412-442-2000. For more information, call us at 412-216-9659 or email us at info@pittsburghforpublictransit.org and get involved!

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