Metro, Krewson Unveil Half-Price Fares for Riders Ages 13 to 25

By on June 4, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Riders 13 to 25 years old will be able to use MetroLink and Metro buses at cut-rate fares under a three-month pilot program that will begin sometime next week.

“Young people … can get to a job, they can get to a job interview, they can get to summer school, they can get to a recreation center, they can get to their friends, they can get to shopping, all at half-price,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said at a news conference Friday.

John Nations, president and CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency — which runs Metro — said the program also might help turn around declining passenger numbers on the system in recent years.

“The more people we get on the system paying fares, whether reduced or otherwise, always helps the system,” he said. He said he hoped there would be a net increase in farebox revenue due to the program.

Krewson said that although the pilot program was now scheduled to expire Aug. 31, she would like to extend it. “It’s my goal to make this last well beyond that,” she said.

To participate, young riders must get a Gateway Go Card — a special version of Metro’s smart card fare payment option — by showing proof of their age. A driver’s license, other state identification, school ID, birth certificate or passport all will be accepted.

The card can then be used the next three months to load the half-price fares — $1 for a MetroBus ride, $1.25 for a MetroLink ride, $1.50 for a two-hour pass and $39 for a monthly pass. Before each trip, users should tap the card at a validator at a MetroLink station or on a bus farebox.

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