Public transit riders who have lamented the loss of the Day Pass will be happy to hear this news: The popular fare deal will be back in business later this year.
The METRO Board of Directors voted last week to modify the agency's contract with ACS/Xerox and adapt the existing Q Card system — which wiped out the Day Pass feature when it was introduced in 2008 — to accommodate both fare payment options.
"This is great news for our current patrons and an incentive for new ridership," METRO board chairman Gilbert Garcia said in a statement. "We were constrained by the software that is used in our fare collection system and will be able to get past that with this action."
As METRO CEO Tom Lambert explained to KUHF, passengers will be able to purchase a Day Pass for $3, which is good for a 24-hour period. From the fourth trip on, the fare essentially becomes free based on the pricing structure.