Metro Fare Deal Program Members Must Reapply Before June

Metro Fare Deal program customers must reapply for new cards before June 30, 2013, to be considered to remain in the program and continue to pay reduced fares.

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Metro Fare Deal program customers must reapply for new cards before June 30, 2013, to be considered to remain in the program and continue to pay reduced fares. Metro is providing new “smart” cards for program members, but they must be recertified to receive the new cards. Fare Deal members will no longer be able to use their old cards on buses after June 30.

The Fare Deal program, which offers reduced fare for older adults and people with disabilities who qualify and are certified for the program, has about 8,700 registered customers. Fare Deal is not an income-based program. Eligibility decisions are made based on federal guidelines.

The new fare deal cards are among the first to use “smart” technology at Metro’s fareboxes. To use the new Fare Deal smart card, customers will just need to tap the new smart cards on the target on the farebox and show it to the bus operator before paying the reduced fare. General use smart cards for the public will be available later in 2013.

New applications, available online and at the Fare Deal office, must be completed in order to receive the new Fare Deal cards. Customers who have submitted new application since Oct. 1, 2012, should continue to use current Fare Deal cards until new Fare Deal smart cards are mailed out in June.

For Fare Deal information visit the Fare Deal Office at 120 E. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from 12 - 1 p.m. for lunch and on holidays). Call 513-632-7540 (TDD Ohio Relay Service 800-750-0750) for more information.

Fare Deal program FAQs and other information about the program can be found at www.go-metro.com.

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year. Metro provides fixed-route and paratransit services in Greater Cincinnati.

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