FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 June 2017
MST DISCONTINUES DEEPLY-DISCOUNTED MONTHLY PASS BEGINNING JULY 1
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) will end sales of its 31-Day Basic GoPass for a deeply-discounted rate, beginning July 1. The pass was available for those impacted by the Holman Highway Roundabout construction and the anticipated traffic delays. The Roundabout is scheduled to be fully functional when the discounted pass discontinues.
The special pricing was approved in March 2016 by the MST board of directors under the Congestion Relief Temporary Pass program. The deeply-discounted pass was intended to help alleviate the congestion that was anticipated as result of the construction, and to encourage those who otherwise may not regularly ride public transit to try it during periods of major congestion. Under the program, MST sold more than 9,000 passes at the discounted rate.
“It was our way of helping out the community, and especially hospitality workers, whose hotels, restaurants and shops were located in the heart of the congested areas of the Peninsula,” said Assistant General Manager, Hunter Harvath.
At their recent June meeting, the MST board of directors continued the deeply-discounted rate for residents and workers in the Big Sur and Carmel Highlands communities south of Point Lobos State Park as a result of Caltrans construction on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge.