For more information about Metro Bus fares, call 320.251.RIDE (320.251.7433). Passes may be purchased at fare outlets or online.

ADA-certified riders who need a PCA to travel on the Fixed Route are given a special ID card to show the driver. This card allows the PCA to ride free. Please call 320.252.1010 to request an ID for your PCA.

FIXED ROUTE FARES

Important: When boarding a bus have your pass ready to swipe through the farebox.

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Cash Fare

Riders do not need exact change. In addition to coins, the Metro Bus Fare Collection system will accept $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. The system will issue credit in the form of a debit change card that may be used for future fares.

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10-Ride Pass

The 10-Ride Pass is good for 10 rides on the Metro Bus Fixed Route system. A 10-Ride Pass does not have an expiration date. The farebox prints the number of rides used on each pass as trips are made. 10-Ride Passes are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center and pass outlets at major grocery stores.

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10 Tokens

A token is good for one ride on any Fixed Route Metro Bus. Tokens are sold in quantities of 10 and are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center. Tokens are also sold out of the token machine at the Metro Bus Transit Center 9 for $10.00.

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1-Day Pass

The 1-Day Pass is good on any Metro Bus Fixed Route for unlimited rides the day you first use the pass. 1-Day Passes may be purchased and used at any time.  They do not expire until the end of day they are used. 1-Day Passes are a convenient and money saving way to ride Metro Bus for just one day. 1-Day passes may be purchased on the bus from the fare box.

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7-Day Pass

The 7-Day Pass is good on any Metro Bus Fixed Route for unlimited rides for 7 consecutive days, starting with the first use. 7-Day Passes may be purchased and used at any time during the month. 7-Day Passes are a convenient and money saving way to ride Metro Bus. 7-Day passes are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center and pass outlets at major grocery stores.

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31-Day Pass

The 31-Day Pass is good on any Metro Bus Fixed Route for unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days, starting with the first use. 31-Day Passes may be purchased and used at any time during the month. 31-Day Passes are a convenient and money saving way to ride the Metro Bus. 31-Day Passes are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center and pass outlets at major grocery stores.

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U-GO FREE SUMMER
YOUTH PASS

CHILDREN AGES 6-17

It is good for unlimited rides on the Metro Bus Fixed Route System June 1-August 31 for the year it was issued. To obtain a pass, the child’s parent/guardian must register the child at the Metro Bus Transit Center. Lost or destroyed passes may be replaced once. Passes are generally available starting mid-May each year.

Summer youth groups interested in obtaining quantities of passes for summer activities transportation should contact the Metro Bus Marketing Department at 320.529.4480.

SERVICE CONNECTED VETERANS

RIDE FOR FREE

Effective July 1, 2009 service connected veterans ride Fixed Route transit services in Minnesota for free with proper Veteran’s Identification Card.

The disability has to be “Service Connected” or “SC” to receive the free ride. It will identified under the ID photo. A personal care attendant (PCA) accompanying the Veteran may also ride for free as long as the Veteran tells the driver the person is their PCA.

FREE TRANSFERS

CASH, TOKENS OR RIDE CARD

Riders paying for fares with cash, tokens or Ride Cards needing more than one bus to complete a trip may request a transfer ticket from the driver when boarding the first bus. Transfer tickets are valid for unlimited use within two hours of being issued. The expiration date and time are printed on the back of the ticket. Transfers can be made anywhere on the Fixed Route system. Those using 1-, 7- or 31-Day Passes do not need transfer tickets.

DIAL-A-RIDE FARES

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Single Ride Cash

Riders do not need exact change. In addition to coins, the Metro Bus Fare Collection system will accept $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. The system will issue credit in the form of a debit change card that may be used for future fares.

DIAL-A-RIDE INFO

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10-Ride Pass

The 10-Ride Pass is good for 10 rides on the Metro Bus Dial-a-Ride system. A 10-Ride Pass does not have an expiration date. The farebox prints the number of rides used on each pass as trips are made. 10-Ride Passes are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center and pass outlets at major grocery stores.

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31-Day Pass

The Dial-a-Ride 31-Day Pass is good on any Metro Bus Fixed Route or Dial-a-Ride bus for unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days, starting with the first use. 31-Day Passes may be purchased and used at any time during the month. 31-Day Passes are a convenient and money saving way to ride the Metro Bus. 31-Day Passes are available at the Metro Bus Transit Center and pass outlets at major grocery stores.

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Agency

An Agency fare is paid by a social service agency, residential care facility, or other organization that schedules a guaranteed trip for a resident, client, or group for attending a function of the agency or organization. The Agency fare will be billed directly to the participating agency or organization.

REDUCED FARES FOR SENIORS / RIDERS WITH DISABILITIES / CHILDREN

Metro Bus offers a reduced fare on any Metro Bus Fixed Route during off-peak times for seniors age 65 and older, and individuals with disabilities. To pay the reduced fare, individuals must show proof of qualification such as a photo ID with date of birth, Metro Bus Freedom Card, Medicare Card, Metro Bus Dial-a-Ride ID, or other eligible cardholders.

Off-Peak Times – Mon-Fri: 8:40 am-3:40 pm and 5:40 pm-10:00 pm. Sat-Sun: All day.

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Reduced Cash Fare

Riders do not need exact change. In addition to coins, the Metro Bus Fare Collection system will accept $1, $5, $10, or $20 bills. The system will issue credit in the form of a debit change card that may be used for future fares. To pay the reduced fare riders must show proof of qualification.

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Reduced 10-Ride Pass

The Reduced 10-Ride Pass is good for 10 rides on the Metro Bus Fixed Route system. It does not have an expiration date. The farebox prints the number of rides used on each pass as trips are made. Reduced 10-Ride Passes are only available at the Metro Bus Transit Center. To pay the reduced fare riders must show proof of qualification.

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Children 5 and Under

Up to two children five and under ride free with a paid fare on any Metro Bus.

INSTRUCTIONS PAYING YOUR FARE

Have your fare ready when you board the bus. Change will be given in the form of a debit change card good for payment on future trips. Insert only the designated fare type into its proper opening in the farebox. (For example: Do not put coins in the electronic fare card slot.) If a fare payment is rejected, the farebox will indicate so and the ride must be paid with another fare type. After paying your fare, the farebox will “beep” indicating a full fare is paid.

PAYING FARES WITH CASH

Coins: Pennies up to dollar coins will be accepted by dropping coins one at a time in the coin insertion cup.

Bills: Only flat, unfolded bills will be accepted into the bill insertion slot.

The farebox will issue a debit change card for any fare payment in excess of the cash fare.  For example: If you put a five dollar bill in the bill insertion slot for your $1.25 fare you will receive a $3.75 debit change card. The next time you board a Metro Bus you can use the debit change card to pay for your next fare and any additional fare required to complete your trip.

USING MAGNETIC FARE PASSES

The first time any 1-Day, 7-Day or 31-Day Pass, 10-Ride Pass, change card, or transfer is used, put the fare pass into the electronic fare pass slot in the farebox to activate. The arrow on the pass must be facing you and pointing down. Remember to take good care of your magnetic paper fare pass, it is as valuable as cash and is not replaceable or refundable if lost, stolen, destroyed or unable to be recognized by the farebox.