August 30, 2018

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County’s lower bus fares for Veterans and more seniors are set to go into effect on Tuesday, September 4.

“We’re proud to lower bus fares to create a more cost-effective transportation choice for seniors in our community and for the Veterans who have served our country with honor and courage,” said RTC Chair and City of Sparks Mayor Pro Tempore Ron Smith.

All Military Veterans with a driver’s license or state ID with a Veterans designation or DD form 214 will be qualified for the reduced-fare rate offered to seniors, youth and individuals with disabilities. Veterans may also qualify for an RTC Disabled ID card if they possess a VA card showing a service-connected disability.

The qualifying age for senior fares has dropped from age 65 to age 60, allowing more seniors to qualify for reduced fares.

The RTC Board of Commissioners approved lowering bus fares for Veterans and more seniors in May.

The RTC Board approved price decreases across the board for RTC transit services. On October 6, more price changes will go into effect, including:

·         The 24-Hour Pass will change to a Day Pass. Prices will be reduced from $5.00 to $3.00 (regular cost) and $2.50 to $1.50 (reduced cost). Transfers will be eliminated. Day Passes will expire at midnight of the same day of activation.

·         The 7-Day Pass price will be reduced from $19.50 to $14.50 (regular cost) and $9.75 to $6.00 (reduced cost).

·         The 31-Day Disabled Pass price will be $32.50.

·         The price of a single trip for individuals with disabilities will decrease from $1.00 to $0.75. The price of a single trip for an ACCESS ID holder will change from $0.50 to $0.75.

“The new fare structure will ensure the availability of affordable public transportation to everyone, provide fare equity among public transportation services and passenger categories, and provide a strong incentive for transit use to help reduce region-wide traffic congestion, air pollution and fuel consumption,” said Lee Gibson, RTC Executive Director. “Overall this will help to increase transit ridership.”