MoGo bus card may save Monroe County riders some moolah

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Monroe County mass transit officials believe they are holding the cards to a more economical and efficient riding experience.

MoGo, or the “Miles to Go Transit Card,” will enable riders to make multiple trips on Monroe County Transit Authority buses without having to constantly dig deep into their pockets for the $1.25 fare.


  • Some 239,133 people rode MCTA buses last fiscal year (July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013), according to agency figures.
  • Twelve buses operate on “fixed routes” of regular bus runs.
  • There are five fixed routes in the county system: Red (Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Bartonsville and Tannersville), Blue (Tobyhanna, Mount Pocono, Tannersville, Scotrun, Bartonsville and Stroudsburg), Orange (Mount Effort, Brodheadsville, Sun Valley and Bartonsville), Yellow (Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Marshalls Creek, Appalachian Trailhead in DWG, Delaware Water Gap Borough, Fernwood and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) and the Tobyhanna Express (from the Eagle Valley Wendy’s to the Tobyhanna Army Depot).
  • Printed schedules are available at public buildings and businesses along the routes, at or on Google Maps using the public transit tool.

Some, including Northampton Community College students, could end up riding for much less than the base fare, while senior citizens enjoy unlimited free rides in Monroe County and across the state.

The MoGo program is made possible, in part, by new card readers being installed on transit buses to automatically scan and record individual card information.

Residents ages 65 and older can apply for unlimited free rides on the system by filling out and returning a senior transit program application found at A special bonus for riders who take advantage of the program is a second card that will enable them to ride free on other transit systems around Pennsylvania, including those in Philadelphia and Allegheny counties.

All ridership costs for seniors are being covered by state lottery revenues. Seniors without Internet access can obtain an application by calling 570-839-6282, extension 434.

A second program using the card system gives NCC students enrolled at the Tannersville campus a chance to book unlimited system-wide rides next semester for $150. The unlimited rides are available between Jan. 17 and June 30, 2014.

The NCC unlimited ride semester pass will be sold from Jan. 6 through Jan. 24, 2014 at the college bookstore to students enrolled for the spring semester.

The MoGo Transit Card will be expanded to the general riding public sometime next summer, said Rich Schlameuss, MCTA assistant executive director. MCTA is seeking contract proposals from firms to help implement it, including establishing the cost of the card.

“It’s going to be a several-month project,” Schlameuss said. “We’re taking time to do this because we want to do it right. That’s the big piece of it.”

MCTA hopes the general ridership card will be available beginning next July.

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