Rules and regulations have changed. Slowly I'll get definitive clarification of what they now are and what that means.
It is sort of stupid how one obtains a reduced rate pass, one must first ride the system paying regular fare just to get to the Bonneville Transit Center riding the Deuce, $5. Then prove you are 60+, then they issue you a reduced fare card. Then in order to ride the Express, you must either buy a 3 day pass for $10 reduced fare, or $3.50 for a 24 hour pass for $3.50, or a 2 hour pass for $2.50. So if you are staying for 4 days, it will cost $5 to get to the station to prove you are a senior etc, $10 for a 3 day pass, after the 3 day is up, buy a 24 hour pass for $3.50, totsl cost $18.50.....they should come up with a better process. Bruce in Dublin
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Your frustration is justified, although some of the detail of what you say does not ring true. Basically, the difficulty of getting long term passes is there for tourists because the RTC wants them to pay more than locals for bus service.Since the senior ID is good for 5 years, that trip to the BTC should only need to be made once. Currently, those of us with reduced fare senior ID from our hometown bus company or a medicare card can ride reduced fare as well as those with the RTC ID. I suppose that would not fit your needs from Dublin. On trips after the ID is obtained, most of us just pay the reduced fare from the airport to get long term passes, riding the 109 North to Flamingo and heading to the local Albertson/Walmarts, or the 109 South to the SSTT and buying from a machine with a credit card, or stopping at the BTC on our way downtown, or buying from Walmarts downtown. It does cost that one fare, but it is not $5 but currently $1 and after Sept 30 $1.50 as I read the new rates. Right now 3 day passes are not available at reduced price, just 5 day or 30 day passes. I am uncertain as to what the rules will be for the new 15 day pass, but I am hoping it is all access for tourists as well as locals. After Sept 30 there will be no 5 day pass.
Yes, just got back, it was $10 for a 5, not 3 day pass though I used it less than I thought I would, oh well. It wasn't a bad deal and now at least I have my 5 year ID. Used the SDX, that northern part is sure slow. But it beats driving. So I wonder what the scoop is for the $15 pass. I may just stop riding the bus and get a rental car. Which is what they don't want people to do, but guess what? I will drive if need be.
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