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Phoenix, AZ (May 15, 2012) Circle K convenience stores are partnering with Valley Metro to provide additional locations for passengers to purchase transit passes. Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of retailers that sell transit passes in the Valley, now totaling more than 600 locations.
“Securing additional locations for transit pass sales where access to transit passes are limited is very important for our passengers,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “This partnership with Circle K is key to our mission of making the entire public transit experience more friendly and inviting.”
For many south Phoenix and west valley residents, they now have the opportunity to purchase transit passes in advance, which helps save both time and money. Prior to the partnership with Circle K, retail locations selling transit passes in this area was limited.
“There’s not a Valley Metro route in town that doesn’t pass by one of our stores,” said Terry Brown, Circle K Advertising and Brand Manager. “We are excited to offer this added value and convenience to our customers who rely on public transportation.”
Circle K stores sell the All-day and Reduced-fare* All-day passes. The cost for an All-day pass on board the bus is $5.25, but purchasing the same pass in advance is $3.50. The Reduced-fare All-day pass costs $1.75 when purchased in advance and $2.60 at the bus farebox. With a transit pass in hand, the riders can board more swiftly after swiping their pass instead of depositing bills or change into the bus farebox.
Transit passes can also be purchased at participating Fry’s and Safeway grocery stores, 7 Eleven convenience stores, Walgreens, PLS Check Cashers and Valero gas stations. For a list of all retail fare outlets selling transit passes and to purchase online go to www.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.
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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, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works 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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