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DATE: July 1, 2013 4:36:11 PM CDT

County Judge

Fort Bend County, TX

Robert E. Hebert
Fort Bend County Judge
Phone (281) 341-8608
www.fortbendcountynews.info

For Immediate Release

Fort Bend County Transit Introduces the SMART CARD

 Smart Card

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX - The Fort Bend County Public Transportation Department is replacing their current paper ticketing system with smart card technology.  Similar in size and function to a debit or credit card, passengers will use the SMART Card to pay for rides by swiping it through a scanning device that is being placed on all buses.  Card distribution will start in August of 2013.

The SMART Card will provide passengers a more convenient way to pay bus fares.  The card will function like a re-loadable gift card.  Passengers can determine the amount of money to load onto the card and load additional funds as often as needed.  Each time the card is swiped through the on-board scanning device, the SMART fare will be electronically deducted from the stored value on the SMART Card.  Passengers will be able to add value to the SMART Card from existing ticket sales locations or from any computer. 

Fort Bend County began offering public transportation services in June of 2005.  Transit services include
Demand Response services which are shared ride bus services to locations within Fort Bend County.  A reservation is required for the service.  Cost is $1.00 per trip per person.  To schedule a ride call 1-866-751-TRIP(8747).

Fort Bend County also offers commuter park and ride services into the Greenway Plaza, Galleria and Texas Medical Center areas of Houston.   Greenway Plaza Routes include a connection to Houston Metro services.  Texas Medical Center services include stops at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Medical Center.  Costs range from $1.00 to $3.50 per person per trip.  Schedules and stop locations are available on our website WWW.FBCTransit.org   No reservation is required for the service, simply be at your preferred park and ride lot location at the scheduled departure time.  Park and Ride lot locations are:

 

Fairgrounds Park and Ride Lot            AMC THEATRE                                University of Houston

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds             First Colony Mall                             Sugar Land Campus

4310 SH 36                                     3301 Town Centre Blvd. South         14000 University Blvd.

Rosenberg, Tx. 77471                      Sugar Land, Tx. 77479                   Sugar Land, Tx. 77479

 

 For more information please contact us at 281-633-7433 or visit our website at WWW.FBCTransit.org

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