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 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Almost every bus system I've lived near has gone over to the "day pass" system, and thus eliminated some economical ways of using the bus. The one in my county just shifted over July 1.

Oh, brother.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

My community's bus system is called the "Ride On". You go to your local grocery store's customer service counter once a month and purchase a monthly pass which looks like a credit card. When you board the bus you touch the pass to the electronic card reader. It costs $45 for unlimited rides during the month.

You have the option to pay cash on a daily basis but that would cost you more if you use it every day.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

I rode the San Diego bus system a lot back in the early 1970's. Back then 25 cents would take you anywhere in the metro area routes. Closest deal I've see to that since then is motorized tricycles in the Philippines.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Almost every bus system I've lived near has gone over to the "day pass" system, and thus eliminated some economical ways of using the bus. The one in my county just shifted over July 1.

Oh, brother.


Bad news my friend. We still have them here in Montreal, and the population, including students and seniors, wouldn't allow for their phasing out.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

My community's bus system is called the "Ride On". You go to your local grocery store's customer service counter once a month and purchase a monthly pass which looks like a credit card. When you board the bus you touch the pass to the electronic card reader. It costs $45 for unlimited rides during the month.

You have the option to pay cash on a daily basis but that would cost you more if you use it every day.


We also have a similar system called the 'OPUS' card, but ours is rechargeable at outlets all over the city and on the web. The card is good for seven years.

We also have a bike sharing program called BIXI. You can purchase a yearly pass - a small electronic key - and renew from year to year. The BIXI pass costs about 80.00$ and you can make unlimited use of the bikes for 45 minutes trips as many times as you wish per day. Life is good in Montreal smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2014 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Over here, you can still buy "Single" or "Return" journeys should you wish for the buses, but they are slowly being priced to make them uneconomical - for example, I have to get two buses to work - to buy returns would cost me around £7.50, but for £5 I can buy a pass that lets me anywhere in two towns/cities - and routes between the two - for the whole day. I can buy a 7-day pass that lets medo the same for £17.50...there's really no contest when one uses the bus as much as I do - it's almost a steal!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 1:53 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

In London you can't use money to pay for a bus ride anymore, it's a pre-paid card only, you touch it in & it deducts the fare. Being over sixty, I get free travel in London which must save me thousands of pounds every year, as London must have the most expensive public transport in the world.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Yes, it is fast becoming uneconomic to be economical.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

We also have a bike sharing program called BIXI. You can purchase a yearly pass - a small electronic key - and renew from year to year. The BIXI pass costs about 80.00$ and you can make unlimited use of the bikes for 45 minutes trips as many times as you wish per day. Life is good in Montreal smile

If you use BIXI for more than two years, don't you price yourself out of the service though (i.e. a one-time purchase of a functional used commuter bike would be around $200)? It's a nice idea, especially if you don't have space for a bike, but it seems like it would be much more expensive in the long run.

 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

In London you can't use money to pay for a bus ride anymore, it's a pre-paid card only, you touch it in & it deducts the fare. Being over sixty, I get free travel in London which must save me thousands of pounds every year, as London must have the most expensive public transport in the world.

Surely a matter of perspective...when I go to London I drive to a Zone 4 Tube station and for less than a tenner I get any bus, any tube, DLR, for the entire day...that's really not bad....for a non-Londoner...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2014 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, David, California (at least LA) and public transit aren't exactly best friends, although I'm sure it has become better over the years. However, it's still much cheaper than Norway, which is a plus. Oh, and we're even far more expensive than the UK. frown

 
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