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Metro Responds on Bus Passes

During my Live Online discussion on Monday, "MetroBus Rider" asked about a shortage of Metrobus passes for sale at the Watergate Safeway. Our rider likes to buy the weekly passes every weekend while grocery shopping, but for two weeks in a row, the store has been out of passes.

Steven Taubenkibel, a Metro spokesman, was trying to answer several questions for us during the discussion, but we couldn't get to this one in time.

Steven said later that Metro sends all the passes destined for Safeway stores to a central location and Safeway distributes them to its stores. The transit agency doesn't track how the sales are going at Safeway's distrubtion points, but it can supply Safeway with more passes if Safeway asks.

Metro sells weekly bus passes for $11. They are valid for a week -- Sunday through Saturday -- of unlimited travel regionwide on regular Metrobus routes. They also cover $1.25 of the $3 fare for express buses.

You can buy them online at this page on Metro's Web site. It's the same page that offers the SmarTrip cards for sale. That's the electronic payment system for trains and buses.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 15, 2006; 5:30 AM ET
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Why won't anyone at the post call BS on metro? They publish obviously false reports (98+ % on time?) and continually say they are addressing various problems. But day in and day out, the same problems continue - lazy and rude metro workers, incompetent service and management, and dangerous and unreasonable bus drivers. But everyone writing about transportation for the Post seems to take everything they say as fact. Wouldn't good journalism, or even half-ass journalism require you to verify the claims Metro makes before printing them?

Posted by: Does metro subsisdize your salary? | August 15, 2006 9:48 AM | Report abuse

The Watergate Safeway, huh? When I lived up at 16th and Spring St. I used to shop at the Giant over on 14th Street. Not exactly the Watergate Safeway if you know what I'm saying. They consistently ran out of bus passes by Sunday afternoon. You have to be fast...

Posted by: human | August 15, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Metro needs to allow riders to buy monthly passes again. Making everyone go to the store week after week is just silly, and a pointless sop to grocery store owners who can't even be bothered to keep the passes in stock.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 21, 2006 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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