ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Starting Monday, Metrolink passengers who do not validate passes could face a fine or citation.
St. Louis transportation officials said beginning Monday all passengers will need to validate the passes before boarding trains.
“The ticket vending machines will no longer automatically print the expiration time on these tickets or passes,” Metro officials said in a statement released Monday. “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.”
Under the new policy, all one ride tickets, two-hour passes, round-trip tickets and tickets from 10-Ride Ticket Booklets will need to be validated prior to boarding.
“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,” the statement read.
To validate a pass, passengers need to insert a ticket into one of the red validation machines 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,” officials said.