Greenlink has implemented the next phase of its plan to extend the service hours for its fixed routes, with all 12 routes now operating from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm Monday through Friday. For now, Saturday service hours will continue to be 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.
While Greenlink expects to phase in later service hours for Saturdays in early 2021, additional bus drivers are still needed to finalize the service expansion. To help fill these positions, Greenlink is offering a Bus Operator in Training program. For more information about Greenlink bus routes and schedules, visit www.ridegreenlink.com.
Greenlink is also offering a new 7-day pass for customers to purchase via TouchPass. Previously, Greenlink only offered a 1-day pass and a 31-day pass, but according to Public Transit Director James Keel, customers frequently requested an additional multi-day option. “Time-based passes allow for unlimited rides – eliminating transfer fees for customers. We believe this pass will make fare payment easier and more convenient,” said Keel. “The TouchPass system will also reward our frequent customers with lower expenses by capping the maximum amount a passenger spends on fares each week.”
The 7-day pass is available for $12.50 for a full-fare adult customer. Students and youth ages 6-17 can purchase the 7-day pass for $10.50. Seniors age 65+, persons with a disability and Medicare recipients are eligible to receive the 7-day pass for $6.25. With the fare cap, if a customer who cannot purchase a 7-day pass upfront continues to use TouchPass to pay for individual trips, the system will automatically cap the amount they spend at the 7-day pass price that they are eligible for. For example, if a full-fare customer continues to pay $1.50 per trip and $0.50 per transfer, once they spend $12.50, they will not be charged for any additional rides within the week.
TouchPass smartcards are available at the dispatch booth inside the downtown Transit Center (100 W. McBee Avenue). The 7-day pass can be loaded onto the card at the dispatch booth with cash, credit card or debit card. Registering the smartcard online also allows fares to be purchased with credit or debit cards at www.TouchPass.com. Smartphone users may choose to use the TouchPass app, which can be downloaded by searching for “TouchPass Transit” in the iOS or Android app stores, and then purchase fares directly within the app interface using credit or debit cards.
For more information, contact Nicole McAden, Greenlink marketing and public affairs manager, at 864.298.2756 or [email protected].