Schnucks Press Releases
Media Contacts :
Lori Willis
Schnuck Markets, Inc
Julie Hauser
The Hauser Group
Dianne Williams
Date : September 04, 2008

Schnucks to Host Sign-Up Events for New Metro Reduced Fare Permit

Missouri Seniors May Get Their Permit at One of 17 Locations This Month

ST. LOUIS – Schnuck Markets, Inc. has teamed up with Metro to provide an additional 17 convenient locations where Missouri seniors can sign up for the new Reduced Fare Permit.  Beginning Sept. 5, mobile registration teams will be on-site at various St. Louis City and County Schnucks stores to help facilitate the process of registering seniors 65 and older for their Metro permit.  Seniors who live in communities near the participating Schnucks stores are encouraged to attend the registration event closest to them. A complete list of scheduled events can be found online by visiting and clicking on the “Age has its Privileges” icon on the home page, or by calling 314-982-1495, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Starting Jan. 1, 2009, all Missouri seniors will be required to present the new standardized Reduced Fare Permit issued by Metro as proof of their eligibility to receive a reduced fare of approximately half the regular transit fare.  While a reduced fare program has been available to seniors for some time, Metro officials expect the new, standardized permit to attract even more seniors to the affordability and convenience of public transit. The new permit will also help to ensure that eligible seniors are guaranteed the reduced fare without any concerns regarding the validity of their identification, and will reduce the risk of potential fare evasion.


“We are delighted to welcome Schnucks as a partner in this initiative and appreciate their support of our efforts to make it as convenient as possible for seniors across our region to sign up for the new permit,” noted Ray Friem, senior vice president of operations for Metro. “We encourage seniors from the communities served by the participating stores to take advantage of the opportunity to visit one of these convenient locations to sign up.”


“Many of our elderly customers rely on Metro to get them to and from the grocery store, and Schnucks wanted to do everything we could to help get the word out about this great program that allows seniors to ride at a reduced fare,” said Joanie Taylor, Schnucks director of consumer affairs and community relations.


The new permit can only be obtained in person and seniors will be required to present a government-issued photo identification card that verifies their age, such as a driver’s license, passport, state ID card or Alien Registration Card.  The senior’s picture will be taken on site and they will receive their permit immediately.


In the coming months, Metro will hold additional registration events throughout St. Louis City and County.  Newly scheduled events will be added to the online listing at or by can be obtained by calling 314-982-1495. Seniors also can sign up for the card any weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Downtown MetroRide Store located at 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis Missouri 63101 at the corner of 7th and Washington (inside America’s Center at the Convention Center MetroLink Station).


Metro is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87-vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 408 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 123 vans. Metro also oversees the operations of the St. Louis Downtown Airport and surrounding industrial business park, the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.


Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 103 stores (including five Logli stores) and 100 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.


# # #