Wednesday, January 25, 2017

STS Introduces Smart Cards and New Restructured Fare Rate

POTTSVILLE, PA – The Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) will be introducing transit “Smart Cards” along with a more “Simplified Fare Structure” to provide convenience of use and encourage the general public to take a ride on their fixed route bus system.

The debut of the “Smart Card” and the “Restructured Fare Rate” is scheduled for implementation February 1st. Both will widely reflect the Schuylkill Transportation System’s Mission Statement… To meet the public transportation needs of Schuylkill County residents while providing safe, dependable and cost effective transportation.

The reloadable “SMART CARD’” will be offered for purchase at the STS St. Clair facility or Union Station located in Pottsville. According to STS, once a passenger’s card has been established and a dollar amount has been uploaded, riding STS fixed route couldn’t be easier. The passenger just simply taps the device adhered to the vehicle’s fare box and the amount is automatically subtracted from the card. STS fixed route drivers will also have the capability of applying money to a passengers established “SMART CARD” at time of passenger boarding. Registered Senior Citizens will continue to ride FREE and cash fares will still be accepted for those riders who may choose to forego the convenience of a “SMART CARD”.

The Schuylkill Transportation System also announces in addition to the cards, a newly “Restructured Fare Rate” has also been established. This restructured fare will allow all fixed route passengers to ride for only $1.45 one way to the destination of their choice regardless of distance traveled; however, an inexpensive twenty five cent transfer may still apply in cases when passengers transfer from one route to another.

“STS is very excited to announce these changes to Schuylkill County. We believe that they will enable our current ridership a more enjoyable experience while inviting new riders to take advantage of our service. If anyone has any questions on how these advances work please don’t hesitate to contact us and remember, STS is here to get you there!” commented Dave Bekisz, Executive Director of the Schuylkill Transportation System: