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Mon, Jun 28, 2010

7-Eleven Stores Now Sell Valley Metro Passes

Phoenix, AZ (June 28, 2010) More than 200 locations in the Valley now sell transit passes with the addition of 60 (sixty) 7-Eleven convenience stores to the list of retail pass fare outlets. Purchasing fares in advance helps passengers save both money and time.

“We have a bus stop right in front of the store, so selling transit passes provides a lot of convenience to Valley Metro passengers,” said Balwinder Singh, 7-Eleven franchisee. “Instead of needing change for purchasing passes on board the bus, we are helping riders save money because they can now purchase them in advance.” Singh’s store is located at 67th Avenue and Camelback Road serving passengers riding on routes 50 and 67.

The cost for an All-day pass on the Valley Metro local bus, METRO light rail and the LINK bus (limited-stop service between Superstition Springs Center and Sycamore Station in Mesa) is $5.25. Purchasing an All-day pass in advance at a retail outlet or fare vending machine is $3.50. Reduced All-day passes purchased in advance cost $ 1.75, and increase to $2.60 on board the bus.

“Our goal is to make it as easy and convenient as possible for our transit passengers to buy All-day passes,” said David Boggs, Valley Metro executive director.
The 7-Eleven stores will sell All-day passes and Reduced* All-day passes beginning today. Retail outlets selling Valley Metro passes includes city and chamber offices, PLS Check Cashers stores, Fry’s Food and Safeway grocery stores. For details on locations selling fares, go to ValleyMetro.org.

*Persons with disabilities, seniors 65 and older and youths 6 through 18 qualify for reduced fares on local bus routes and light rail, not including Express or Rapid service.  Passengers should be prepared to show proof of eligibility.  Acceptable forms of proof include: a driver’s license, Medicare card, state or government issued I.D. card, a Valley Metro reduced-fare I.D. card or current student I.D. with photo.

About 7 Eleven, Inc.
7 Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses close to 8,200 7-Eleven® stores in North America.  Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 38,000 stores in 16 countries.  During 2009, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $58.9 billion.  7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently.  Accolades include:  #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2009, #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start, #3 among Top 100 Global Franchises by Franchise Direct, #3 in Store Growth by Convenience Store News, #2 in Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies and #29 among Top 100 Chains in Food Service.  In addition, Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics.  7-Eleven recently was selected by three diversity publications as a company offering the best career and franchisee opportunities.  7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. In addition, the company received the 2009 Shopper-Centric Marketing Innovation from Symphony IRI and the 2010 Retailer of the Year award from PL Buyer because of the company’s private-label brand program.  Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.


Valley Metro/RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail,  a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16 governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit system.

All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.


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