Riding the bus just got even cheaper…

1 Apr

Back in September, I wrote about the Translink card, which is essentially a debit card that can be used on AC Transit buses and soon will work on BART, Muni, and every other Bay Area transit agency.

At the time, they were offering a limited time discount of 25 cents per ride to entice bus riders to get the card. That discounted ended in January, but I guess they’re looking to entice more riders to make the switch so they’re offering an even bigger discount. Translink riders will save 50 cents per local ride or $10 for a 31 day pass!

Fifty cents might not sound like a lot, but it adds up if you ride the bus daily. And with gas prices continuing to rise, it makes riding the bus a whole lot cheaper than driving. It also brings back a bit of nostalgia for me, since when I moved to the East Bay in 2000, bus rides cost $1.25.

If you don’t have one yet, go grab a Translink card from their website or from one of their many outlets throughout the County.

2 Responses to “Riding the bus just got even cheaper…”

  1. Mike Hardy April 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm #

    w00t!

    Translink works with CommuterCheck!
    http://www.translink.org/faq.do#6

    When BART gets this, I’m on it.
    BARTs RFID thingie keeps saying they’re going to do CommuterCheck but they haven’t done it.

    Which one do you think will be implemented first? I’m betting Translink…

  2. Becks April 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    Translink’s website makes it sound like BART will begin accepting Translink very soon, and I’ve seen some Translink readers on Muni cars. From the site:

    BART, Muni and Caltrain will begin accepting TransLink on all routes starting in spring 2008, followed by SamTrans and Santa Clara VTA in 2009. Eventually all of the following Bay Area transit agencies will accept TransLink:

    AC Transit, Alameda/Oakland Ferry, American Canyon Transit, BART, Benicia Breeze, Caltrain, Cloverdale Transit, County Connection, Dixon Transit, Fairfield-Suisun Transit, Healdsburg In-City Transit, Petaluma Transit, Rio Vista Delta Breeze, SamTrans, San Francisco MTC (Muni), Santa Clara VTA, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, Tri Delta Transit, Union City Transit, Vacaville City Coach, Vallejo Transit, VINE (Napa County), WestCAT, WHEELS, Yountville Shuttle

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