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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

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

And don't trust those automatic card readers to deduct the correct amount off your card.

Twice now I've had to request a refund.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2014 - 11:40 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

meanwhile in the Uk, adios car tax discs!

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2014 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (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.

I didn't know this when I went to London in August.

It took me ten minutes to cross the road to the bus stop. Then, after a ten minute wait for the bus, the driver tells me you can't actually buy a ticket onboard and that I'd have to go to a shop ten minutes' walk away.

The bus was one of those new Routemasters that has livery bragging that "you are boarding one of the most advanced passenger transport vehicles in the world". Yeah, so advanced you can't even buy a ticket!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2014 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (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


Telling me...

Our youngest gets a bus to college and back. Buying a return ticket costs her £3.50. If she gets a lift in and only needs a ticket one way, it costs her £3.40.

Put that way, it seems outrageous. However, if you say: a one way ticket is £3.40, but it's only 10p extra to buy a return ticket, then it seems like the bargain of the century...

 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2014 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (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.

Do tourists "over sixty" get free travel, as well?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2014 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

And don't trust those automatic card readers to deduct the correct amount off your card.

Twice now I've had to request a refund.


The Clipper Card? Yeah, I've been using one of those for several months now and I got ripped off on the transbay buses. I've got it figured out now, but it can be a pain.

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 2, 2014 - 11:54 PM   
 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.

Do tourists "over sixty" get free travel, as well?


No, not even all Brits, you have to live in London.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

its gone mad here.

they are also stopping paying by cash at dartford toll bridge.
a permanently busy m25 bridge incidentally which they promised would be free after it had paid for itself 10 years ago. till they sold it to the french! i kid you not.
it seems anyone crossing it without pre payment card will be fined the usual stupid amount of money.

 
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