Discounts & Free Fares

Discount Fares

METRO offers a 50 percent discount on all bus and light-rail services for students, seniors, Medicare cardholders and the disabled. To qualify, you must show proof that you are a student, senior, Medicare cardholder or a person with disabilities. Some restrictions apply; read below for further details, or call 713-635-4000.


Go to the Student Fare Cards page for details on how to apply for a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card.

Seniors and Medicare Cardholders

Must present a government-issued ID with date of birth.

  • Seniors 65-69 and Medicare cardholders receive a 50 percent discount
  • Seniors 70+ ride METRO for FREE with the METRO Q® Fare Card 70+ pass
  • To obtain this discount or 70+ pass, seniors may come to the RideStore at 1900 Main St. and St. Joseph Parkway,
    or mail the application, download rochure >>
    or order from the METRO online store >>
  • RideStore hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Applicants must come to the METRO RideStore at 1900 Main St. and bring a government-issued ID with date of birth (state ID, driver's license, veteran's ID or passport), plus one of the following:

  • Doctor’s statement of disability on physician’s letterhead or Rx (prescription), stating the patient’s name, brief description of the disability, and whether the status is permanent or temporary
  • A visible disability that affects mobility, such as missing limbs, palsies, etc. – anything that directly affects mobility
  • Verification of your Medicare benefits, not Medicaid
  • Veteran’s ID with “Service Connected” listed under the picture only

NOTE: The Social Security Award letter is not acceptable for verification unless the actual disability is noted or Medicare benefits are listed.


Free Fares

METRO offers free fares to the following groups:

  • Children five years old and younger, accompanied by an adult
  • Seniors 70+ —To obtain the senior 70+ pass you may come to the RideStore at 1900 Main St. and St. Joseph Parkway,
    or mail the application, download rochure >>
    or order from the METRO online store >>
  • Disabled or decorated veterans who qualify for the METRO Veterans Pass
  • Jurors

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Disabled or Decorated Veterans

The Qualified METRO Veterans Pass (MVP) was approved by the Board of Directors as a permanent part of METRO’s fares. It provides qualified U.S. military veterans with The Qualified METRO Veterans PassFREE, unlimited rides on our light-rail, local bus and Park & Ride service.

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Must have a current jury summons. A complimentary one-way bus/rail trip is provided for those going to jury duty on the date of the summons. If not selected for jury duty, juror may ask for a jury pass to return home. This pass will be date-stamped and must be presented to the bus operator.

If selected for jury duty, ask for a jury pass, stamped with a “valid through” date.

Free shuttles. METRO wants to alleviate traffic and parking issues with these temporary free shuttles. Riders can take METRO the courthouse via the following routes:

  • 11 Almeda/Lyons
  • 51 Hardy-Kelley
  • 52 Hardy-Ley
  • Six trips per hour on these routes

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Green & Orange Routes - 412 & 413 Greenlink Downtown Circulator

Green route buses stops only at the 18 designated Greenlink stops along the route. Orange route buses stop at the 16 designated Greenlink stops.
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