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31-Day & 7-Day Rolling Pass Options

STA’s 31-day and 7-day passes: How do they work?

Magnetic Stripe or Smart Card

Magnetic Stripe:  STA now has 7-day rolling passes in addition to our 31-day rolling passes. The validation period for all rolling passes begins with the first use of the pass in the farebox on the bus. The magnetic rolling passes:

  • activate when “dipped” into the pass dispenser on the STA farebox (this starts the rolling period)
  • encode at activation with the “end date” printed on the back of the pass
  • can be used after activation by swiping through the farebox during all subsequent rides

Smart Card: The Adult, Youth and Reduced Fare 31-day rolling passes, as well as the 7-day passes, can also be loaded on Smart Cards. Newly purchased Smart Cards loaded with rolling passes are:

  • valid for 31-days or 7-days from the date of purchase (depending on pass)
  • used by touching it to the farebox “target”
  • read by the driver to determine remaining days
  • able to be loaded with as many consecutive 31-day or 7-day periods as you’d like to purchase
  • replaceable if lost if you have registered your card at Customer Service and you have the receipts for all transactions for the card
  • loaded at Customer Service or any pass vending machine

There is no set up fee for a Smart Card, you only need to pay for the fare that you add to the card. There is no charge to re-load the card, just a $5 for replacement if you lose it. Click here to read more about Smart Cards.

The Paratransit, City Ticket and Student passes will remain in the current calendar month format.

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