Leaving home for college is a huge milestone with so much excitement to look forward to in the school year. It’s also a time of great responsibility and independence.
Students will make decisions on what classes to take, whether to work part-time and even how to spend weekends off-campus. One decision students won’t have to consider is how to get around town. A partnership with the City of Tucson and Passport makes moving throughout the City easy with the GoTucson Transit app.
This fall, Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for transit and parking, will introduce a 3-Day Pass into the GoTucson Transit app. The 3-Day Pass is designed to allow families the flexibility of traveling on Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar at a discounted rate of $10. Whether families are helping students shop for last-minute items or visiting for an Arizona Wildcats football game — they have the option of commuting throughout the city on Tucson’s award-winning public transportation system. Families will also have the option of downloading a 1-Day Pass or even a 30-Day Pass to fully experience the city’s public transit.
“We’re excited to introduce the 3-Day Pass as an option for families helping their students move in or visiting for a long weekend,” said Sun Tran General Manager Steve Spade. “Our passes will help families become better acquainted with the Tucson community and the GoTucson Transit app will allow visitors to have a convenient commute on Sun Tran and Sun Link.”
University of Arizona students are eligible for a 50 percent discount through the University. The semester fare pass is $96 per semester (normally $192) and will be available for purchase through Oct. 31. With the GoTucson Transit app students can plan, track and pay for their trip in one simple, secure app. Upon purchase, students have immediate access to an e-ticket, avoiding queues for ticket sales.
“The GoTucson Transit app offers an easy way for students and families to get around from campus to other destinations throughout the city,” said Tom Wiese, Passport transit executive. “The app has been a part of the city’s public transportation since 2015 and it’s quite popular with students. With the new 3-Day Pass we expect students and parents to take full advantage of Tucson’s public transportation.”
Tucsonans have used the app nearly 170,000 times to buy tickets and ride the city’s transit. The app is free to download through the App Store or Google Play. Users can also manage their transit details at https://gotucsontransit.com. Passport also powers the city’s GoTucson Parking app. With the app, drivers can pay for and extend a parking session, as well as receive email receipts using their smartphones.
Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.