Whatcom Transportation Authority is eliminating tokens and free-ride passes as part of minor changes to its fare system.
The transit agency will offer $3 day passes and 11-ride tickets for $10 in late 2013 or early 2014, when new fare boxes are installed in the buses.
The day pass fills a need created when transfers were eliminated Jan. 1, 2011. To replace the free-ride passes, social-service agencies will receive 50,000 free day passes for clients.
The current plan is for buses to accept tokens through 2015. Tokens cannot be returned to WTA for cash, staff said on Thursday, April 18, at a meeting of the board of directors.
The board unanimously approved the new fare policy at the meeting. The base fare of $1 remained the same.
The agency this summer will consider another change that would go into effect with the new fare boxes. Monthly and quarterly passes may become "rolling" passes that activate after purchase rather than being valid for a certain month or months.