NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Transit officials in Orleans and Jefferson parishes are set to test out an inter-parish bus ticket through a pilot program starting in August, according to a report by our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
This initiative marks the return of a single "regional" pass, which was used briefly in the early 2000s.
According to the report, the inter-parish pass will cost $6 and grant bus riders all-day access to bus lines for both the New Orleans Regional Transit Agency and Jefferson Transit.
Paper tickets are available, or riders can upload one on RTA's mobile app.
Todays, riders have to purchase one ticket for RTA buses and then another to take a JeT bus at the parish line.
The extra step has not only irked riders who need to buy separate tickets, but also has marked a symbolic schism between Orleans and Jefferson in a metropolitan area lacking true regional transit connections, according to the report.
The report said that the pilot program, which will last for six months starting in August,was approved unanimously on Tuesday by RTA's board of commissioners and on Wednesday by the Jefferson Parish Council.
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