As part of this year's Dump the Pump day, MATA will be offering 7-day passes for $10 from June 14th to 18th. The new unlimited-ride weekly FastPass, started as part of MATA's elimination of its problematic transfer system, usually costs $15.
For persons who are seniors or have disabilities, the weekly pass will cost only $5 during the Dump the Pump celebration.
National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation to save money, protect the environment, and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil.
"The whole point of the FastPass is to encourage people to ride MATA more," said MATA spokesperson Alison Burton.
As part of its monthly meeting yesterday, MATA board members also approved a $77,000 route scheduling software package from Trapeze. Using current data, the "Blockbuster" software will create the best route scenario, and allows automation of cutting runs and testing alternative scenarios.
"We're doing that manually now," said MATA president William Hudson.