Starting Tuesday, SamTrans will offer paper tickets for seniors, disabled and Medicare recipients

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Beginning Tuesday, SamTrans will offer paper tickets for sale to riders eligible for discount fares as a way to eliminate the need for exact change.

The tickets, sold at a discount in packages of 10 for $10, will be available to riders who are 65 or older, who possess a Medicare card or who have a current Disabled Person Placard Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to SamTrans.

The bright green paper tickets are good for one ride and do not have an expiration date. They can be used on all regular bus routes and carry a local-ride value. They cannot be used to purchase day passes, according to SamTrans.

The paper tickets are available at SamTrans headquarters in San Carlos, 1250 San Carlos Ave. and at most Safeway stores in San Mateo County. They can also be purchased by mail or fax using the SamTrans ticket order form.

The new paper tickets program was approved by the SamTrans Board of Directors in November 2015.

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