ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Starting Monday, January 7, 2013, all MetroLink tickets and 2-hour passes will need to be validated by customers prior to boarding the trains. The ticket vending machines will no longer automatically print the expiration time on these tickets or passes.

This will allow customers the flexibility to purchase Metro tickets in advance of their trip, and then validate ticket when they are ready to use them.

It also will eliminate confusion over whether or not tickets need to be validated. The following fares must be validated starting January 7.

· 1-Ride Ticket
· 2-Hour Pass
· Round-Trip Tickets (each ticket immediately prior to travel)
· Tickets from 10-Ride Ticket Booklets
Valid fare is required to ride on the Metro Transit system. The passenger with a ticket or two-hour pass must have that validated ticket or 2-hour pass in his or her possession as proof of payment. A ticket that has not been validated is considered a fare violation and may result in a citation and a fine. Some Metro customers receive their tickets and 2-hour passes from their school, college or other organization. In those cases, the passenger, not the organization, is responsible for ticket validation, and the passenger would receive the citation and fine for not having a validated ticket or pass.
The validation process is simple. Tickets are inserted into one of the red validation machines which are located at all MetroLink platforms. A ticket is correctly validated if the day and time appear along the side when the ticket is removed from the validation machine.
Metro volunteer Ambassadors will assist customers at several MetroLink stations during the peak morning and afternoon commutes on Monday. The Ambassadors will be at North Hanley, Civic
Center, Central West End, St. Charles Rock Road, Shrewsbury, Belleville, Delmar Loop, 5th &
Missouri, and Emerson Park from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on January7.

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