1-Those that have any remaining Convenience Passes should use them before October 1st - at that point they will only be valid on vehicles that directly collect fares...
With the fare collection change - and no more cashiers to punch rides on CVPs - they will no longer be valid at any rapid transit stations.
3-Those that use legacy Independence Passes at rapid transit stations may encounter these new problems:
Riders that have these passes will have to find the Customer Service Attendant (formerly Cashier) to get in the paid area at stations
and more importantly those with unused I Passes to be punched with the month and day may no longer be able to use them - what
riders may have to do is ride a vehicle or RRD train first for the I Pass to be validated...These are problems that do not exist under
the current transit station fare collection in which a cashier can easily punch and validate an I Pass...
Everyone: I bumped up my earlier post concerning CVP and I Passes because of something I took
notice to this past Thursday: That afternoon I went to use a CVP (my final one BTW) for my trip on
that day from Telford to CCP: 132-96-NHSL-MFSE to be exact. I boarded the bus and the first thing
that the driver did was "wave" me on. After reaching Lansdale I then decided not to use the CVP -
primarily due to the time factor. I bought a $3.75 RRD intermediate ticket to ride down to FRTC
and then take the BSL using one token to purchase a single-ride Quick Trip (my first one ever)
instead of dropping my token at the cashier booth. I noticed that the price was $2 and that the
payment type was noted as a token. I wanted to test this knowing that it will be necessary to use
QT TVMs W/tokens or cash beginning 10/1. I took the fast ride down to Walnut-Locust on the BSL
with good connections at Lansdale and FRTC much quicker then my original route to use the CVP.
What I noticed that was the bus operator likely may have had no round hole punch to validate
passes such as the CVP or I Pass that do require being punched with the month and day to be
valid for use - and with the changes being implemented on 10/1 that there may be problems
encountered on vehicles that directly collect fares if and when operators do not have a hole
punch in their possession. That obviously would not affect I Pass use on RRD trains.
Operators not having hole punches in their possession may have become a problem brought
on by the elimination of paper transfers and the conversion of more pass types such as the
legacy CVP to be under the Key. I noticed riders on CTD buses still using CVPs as recently
as last month and that the SEPTA Store sold them until July. If anyone encounters problems
using legacy I Passes or CVP's please reply...
Thoughts anyone? MACTRAXX
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