Gateway GO Card Provides Half-Price Fares For Young Metro Riders

Launched as a summer pilot program, but may be extended beyond that.

Brett Blume
June 01, 2018 - 10:49 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Starting Friday and running through the end of August, young people in the bi-state region will have the chance to get around on Metro trains and buses at half the normal fare.

Officials gathered outside the Enterprise Center at 14th and Clark on a hot Friday morning to unveil the new Gateway Go card, aimed at riders 13 to 25-years-old.

"It is a special version of one of our Gateway SMART cards, and young people will be able to load transit fares directly to the card at half their normal price," announced Bi-State Development president and CEO John Nations.

That means single-ride tickets will go for $1 on MetroBus and $1.25 for MetroLink trains, two-hours passes will cost $1.50, and unlimited ride monthly passes will be $39.

Also appearing at the launch event was St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who said she's "super excited" about the opportunities it presents for young riders.

"They can take their ID and get their Gateway Go card as part of this pilot program," she explained. "Which currently is supposed to last through August 31, but I must admit, it's my goal to make this last well beyond that."

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Nations said there are three ways to sign up.

"You can go to the Metro store in downtown St. Louis at 8th and Pine Street, right outside the MetroLink station," he said. "You can also visit the Metro Transit access center at 317 DeBaliviere just north of the Forest Park/DeBaliviere transit center, and the third option is through our special Gateway info bus which will be issuing Gateway Go cards at festivals, fairs, community centers and other special events around the region."

He suggested visiting MetroStLouis.org/GatewayGo for a list of scheduled events.

Organizations may request the Gateway Info Bus at their location by calling (314) 982-1500 or (618) 274-1500.

The email contact is [email protected].

The Gateway Go program is made possible by a partnership between the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Clair County, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, St. Louis County Transit District, and Metro Transit and Bi-State Development.