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Wed, Aug 17, 2011

Walgreens Now Sells Transit Passes

Phoenix, AZ (Aug. 17, 2011) Now, there are 170 more reasons to buy your transit pass in advance of riding the bus and light rail. Walgreens, with 170 stores offering Valley Metro passes, has joined the transit agency network of retail partners.  With a total of more than 400 locations along transit routes selling transit fares, it’s a matter of greater convenience and cost savings for all bus and light rail passengers.

“Welcoming Walgreens as a retail partner will make it easy for customers to add transit passes to their shopping lists,” said Dave Boggs, Valley Metro executive director.

Walgreens sells Valley Metro’s most popular fare passes including All-day passes at $3.50 each or 31-day passes at $55.00 each. Reduced* fare All-day passes at $1.75 each and 31-day passes at $27.50each are also available at Walgreens stores. Both types of passes are good for unlimited, all-day travel on both bus and light rail.

“We are pleased to offer this convenience for Valley Metro transit commuters,” said Walgreens market vice president Barry Zins. “With our presence on major corridors across the region, Walgreens is a natural destination for transit passes.  This service also fits well with our focus on offering convenient access to health and daily living needs in every community we serve. ”

Along with Walgreens, the retail fares sales line-up includes 7-Eleven stores, PLS Check Cashers stores, Fry’s Food and Safeway grocery stores. For details on locations selling fares, click here.

*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.

Walgreens ( is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,742 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multi-channel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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, 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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