Monday, March 24, 2014


A day pass is $7.50.  If you are going to be riding two or more bus/trains, three times in one day, with more than two hours between rides, you benefit from buying a day pass.

If you are going to buy two 2-hour transfers for $6 ($3 each), and then later, take only one more bus or train ($2), it is worth it to buy a day pass.

This is not uncommon- you go to work, you come home, you go out.  Or you stop somewhere after work to shop or eat, etc.

When I asked the Metro Customer service line why bus driver's don't sell day passes, I was told "It is too dangerous for the bus driver to handle money."

She did not understand when I asked why the passes couldn't be sold the same as two-hour transfer tickets, via the fare box?  I did not bother to continue my line of inquiry (an email of this blog post will serve better).

Are Metro executives are so inept that they do not see that it would not be difficult for bus driver's to have day passes, where $7.50 was paid into the new fare boxes, as it is for the same bus to take in three dollars, two or more times?
Ah, you see, they have potential to make more money that way.

Since the passes are only available at Metrolink stations and a few grocery stores, customers are more likely to pay $9 into the fare boxes.

EDIT:  I didn't need to ask if the Metro Executives ever rode the bus when I got this response to the above plan: "You would have to wait while boarding as someone put in seven dollar bills!"

Well, people that get on with multiple children or other family members often have to buy three or more transfers, and that is nine dollars.  If Metro Executives actually had to depend on the transportation they ride, they would know this already.

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