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Transit Windsor Introduces Reloadable Tap Card For Seniors Bus Passes

Wednesday May 1st, 2019, 9:09pm


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Transit Windsor is introducing a new format for senior’s bus passes that will replace the former two-piece magnetic swipe card.

The new reloadable one-piece card that includes the required photo ID and “smart pass” tap function all in one piece.  Until now, bus pass holders used a calendar-based magnetic pass (swiped into the fare box) that was valid for that calendar month only and had to be purchased one month at a time.

Starting May 15th, 2019, Transit Windsor will be eliminating the magnetic version for senior’s passes and replacing them with a new reloadable TW Smart Pass.

The new seniors pass that will have the photo ID directly on the reloadable tap card, and all seniors will have to visit either 300 Chatham Street West or Transit Centre 3700 Service Road to purchase their first new smart pass.

Once you have your new pass, you will be able to reload it at the Downtown Terminal or the Transit Centre from, and all Customer Care Centres, as well as the Shoppers Drug Mart located at Ouellette and Wyandotte.

The smart pass can be reloaded in increments of 15 or 30 days at any time. This will eliminate the need to rush in at the end of the month to purchase your next month’s pass, and most importantly, it will eliminate your wait in the long lineups.

The cost will remain the same for seniors at $48.40.

The pass is activated by tapping it on the farebox for the first time and will now be valid for the next 30 days. The benefit is that you can reload your pass at your convenience.

Student and adult calendar magnetic passes, as well as paper tickets, including tunnel, will still be available and valid. Paying cash with exact fare of $3 on city service and $5 tunnel service on the bus will also remain available for our riders.

Transit Windsor’s long term goal is to eliminate all magnetic passes and paper tickets and replace them with the TW Smart Pass over time. Once this has been implemented, it will provide them with the opportunity to move to the next phase and final stages that include additional reload locations and mobile ticketing.

Mobile ticketing would allow our riders even more flexibility to reload their TW Smart Pass online and will give you the ability to use your smartphone as a pass.

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