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Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Fare Vending Machines Added to LINK Routes

Valley Metro Adds New Fare Vending Machines on LINK Routes

PHOENIX, AZ – Purchasing fares before riding transit is now easier, quicker and more convenient for bus passengers in the East Valley. Riders on the Main Street LINK, Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive LINK, and bus routes 40 and 112 have an option to purchase fares prior to boarding bus and rail.

“Purchasing fares in advance saves time and money for our passengers,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “Adding new fare vending machines is not only convenient, it allows the freedom of being able to purchase the pass that best meets their travel needs.”

Sixteen new fare vending machines, similar to the machines riders use at Valley Metro light rail stations, are now operating at a dozen LINK stations along Main Street and Arizona Avenue/Country Club Drive. LINK bus service connects directly to Valley Metro light rail service at Sycamore Station in Mesa and a transit pass allows riders to board both systems.

Fare vending machines will offer regular and Reduced All-Day, 7-day, 15-day, and 31-day passes at the LINK stations listed below:

  • Center/Main
  • Juanita/Country Club
  • Broadway/Country Club
  • Southern/Country Club
  • San Angelo/Country Club
  • Elliot/Arizona Ave
  • Warner/Arizona Ave
  • Ray/Arizona Ave
  • Chandler/Arizona Ave
  • Pecos/Arizona Ave
  • Germann/Arizona Ave
  • Chandler Regional Park-and-Ride

In the near future, riders can purchase fares using the fare vending machines at the following transit centers: West Mesa Park-and-Ride, Superstition Springs Transit Center and the Chandler Fashion Square Fashion CenterFares purchased at fare vending machines must be activated before use.

Passes that are purchased from a fare vending machine are valid for use until activated. Passes can be activated at the time of purchase by choosing the “activate” option on the machine, dipping the pass into the bus farebox or placing up to the activation slot on the fare vending machine.

Local bus, light rail and LINK share the same fare structure and pass types. Passes can be purchased from light rail, LINK or transit center fare vending machines, online or at nearly 700 valleywide retail locations. Visit valleymetro.org for a complete list.


About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of Valley Metro light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. A board of 16 governments set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting ValleyMetro.org.

 


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