By Elsa Maxey
Starting next month, Fort Bend County through its Public Transportation Department, will be issuing a SMART Card to replace the paper ticketing system used by passengers using their public transportation services. The county announced that with the smart card technology, passengers can pay for rides by swiping a card through a scanning device that is similar in size and function to a debit or credit card.
The county advises that the SMART Card will provide passengers a more convenient way to pay bus fares and it will function like a re-loadable gift card. That means the amount of money to be loaded on the card can be predetermined allowing additional fund loading as needed. The transportation fare can then be electronically deducted from the dollar value stored on the SMART Card.
Here’s the convenient part. Adding funds to the SMART Card can be done from any computer or ticket sales locations.
Fort Bend County began offering public transportation services in June 2005. The transit services include shared bus services to locations within Fort Bend County referred to as Demand Response. Reservations, however, are required for this service costing a dollar per trip for each person.
Ranging in cost from a dollar to $3.50 per person per trip, Fort Bend County also offers commuter park and ride services to the Greenway Plaza which trip allows a Houston Metro connection, also to the Galleria and the Texas Medical Center.
For more information, visit WWW.FBCTransit.org, call 281-633-7433 or 1-866-751-TRIP(8747) to schedule a ride within the county.