from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not in the period of most frequent or heaviest use: lower rates for telephone calls made during off-peak hours; travelers who take advantage of off-peak fares.
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- adj. During a period of less use or demand than the maximum (peak), generally overnight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having less than maximal use or demand or activity; -- of a period of time occurring as a defined part of a time cycle.
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Pacific Gas & Electric Co., for example, offers lower rates if plug-in owners charge their vehicles at off-peak, late-night hours.
On Tuesday, American Airlines said it is offering a fare of $299 each way, with a round-trip purchase, for off-peak travel through the end of June from any American or American Eagle city in the U.S. to any of six destinations in Argentina and Brazil.
Monday, the westbound Interstate 66 high-occupancy vehicle ramps at Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road in Fairfax County will open to all westbound traffic on weekends and during off-peak hours.
Most off-peak tickets apply after 9am and throughout weekends, though there are specific differences in some cities (some have an afternoon peak as well).
An off-peak daily ticket for an adult is now $4.50 as opposed to the standard daily ticket which is now $7.40
Discounted fares for off-peak travel exist for one main reason: to reduce crowding on already-packed trains filled with people commuting to 9-to-5-ish jobs.
This roundup of the transport options for capital city trains and buses looks at the main off-peak discounts on offer.
Sydney – not exactly an off-peak discount, but a good money-saving trick nonetheless.
Most Australian capital cities offer discounts for “off-peak” travel, but the rules vary widely from state to state.
An off-peak daily ticket (which works on trains, buses and trams) can be purchased after 9am on weekdays only, but only for travel across Zones 1 and Zone 2 (outer areas of Melbourne).