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.
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