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Houston METRO transitions to new fare structure, media


Today, the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) will begin implementing a new fare system.

The agency is restructuring the system to simplify fares, make ticket prices more equitable for all passengers and keep pace with rising costs. METRO will retain base fares at $1 and sell old fare media, such as day passes and stored value cards, until Jan. 31. Starting Feb. 1, discount passes no longer will be sold.

After March 31, customers will only be able to purchase tickets with cash or the new “Q Card” (“Q” standing for “quick”), a smart card that stores passengers’ cash balances. The Q Card also will provide discounts to students, senior citizens and the disabled, and provide free transfers. For every 50 paid trips, holders will receive five free trips.

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