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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

SENIORS WHO RIDE THE BUS GET A DEAL SOMETIMES

HOW TO GET A SENIOR PICTURE ID CARD

To get a senior rate you used to have to be 62, but I see now that the age is 60. Also you used to have to wait in the mail after being photographed, but they now do all of that in ten minutes at the DTC and then hand you an identity card good for 5 years. With that card seniors basically ride the bus for half price.  The exception is that seniors do not get a discount on the All Access 24 hour pass.  However, a three day pass can be bought for $7.50.

NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY PEOPLE AT THE South Strip Transfer Terminal, SO YOU CAN NO LONGER APPLY FOR A SENIOR CARD THERE (edited June 2010)

Here is a followup from the famous Turtleman posted on Vegasmessageboard.com : I visited the Downtown Transportation Center on Tuesday just to see about getting a Reduced Fare I.D. and found the process as fast and painless as getting a player's card. I merely had to show my driver's license, have a headshot photo taken in less than a minute, and had a 5-year ID a minute later. I only used it once during this last trip, but paying half fare for merely showing the card is really cool. Thanks a lot Dewey for pointing this out!

A NOTE FOR NON USA CITIZENS
Being Canadian citizens, we had to show our passports .... after showing our passports, we were issued with PHOTO ID cards good for five years!
Next time we go to Vegas, we just insert the id.cards into the vending machines to purchase the seniors 3 day pass[$7.50]our best deal in Vegas.we really got our money's worth.
This from a poster on the Open Vegas board by Croftonbill

Seniors who get a Reduced fair ID and start their journey  by buying a 24 hour pass General Market pass ($2) did not see an increase in the base price.  Nor was the 3 day reduced fare pass increased.  These continue to be the best bargains for seniors.  The worst buy is the 24 hour all access pass as there is no senior discount.  It costs everyone $7.  Compare that to a three day unlimited pass for $7.50.  The catch there is they cannot be bought on line but must be bought in vending machines or at the DTC.  However, these vending machines are all over the place now
http://www.rtcsnv.com/transit/tvm_locations.cfm
What we really need is a vending machine at the airport.
In March of 2010 when the new books are published, the upcharge fare will be increased to $2 per ride.  At this point the 3 day pass will be an even better value, especially if we seniors are going to ride the ACE lines.

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