Students Ride Free This Summer

 

From June 1-Aug. 31, 2022, K-12 and college students with a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card ride free on the following services:

  • Local bus
  • Park & Ride bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

Make it a Summer of Fun by exploring many popular destinations in and around downtown Houston including the Houston Zoo, Museum District, Discovery Green and more.

If you don’t have a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card, you can obtain one through the METRO Online RideStore and your card will be sent via U.S. mail. During your store transaction, you’ll be required to upload specific documents as proof of eligibility.

You can also obtain a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card at any METRO RideStore location. More details can be found in the questions and answers below.

Free Rides

From June 1-Aug. 31, 2022, students with a valid, active discounted METRO Q® Fare Card can ride the following METRO services for free:

  • Local bus
  • Park & Ride bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb

If you have a METRO Q® Fare Card that’s been discounted for students, you can use the card you already have. During the promotion, funds won’t be deducted when you pay your fare and your card balance won’t change.

If you have a METRO Q® Fare Card that’s been discounted for people with disabilities, your card is programmed to include certain benefits that are different from the card needed for this promotion. So, you’ll need to get a METRO Q® Fare Card discounted for students.

Summer programs, schools and camps with 10 or more students can register their students for the free ride promotion.

For more information on registering your group, you can do any of the following:

Discounted Fare Cards

It’s a card that functions as a debit card for riding METRO. You can continually load and store money on it – and then a half price fare will be deducted each time you pay.

From June 1-Aug. 31, 2022, students can use a discounted METRO Q Fare Card to ride free, with no fare amount deducted any time during those dates.

Tap your card on the fare validator, or hold your card near the validator until the light registers green.

On all buses and METRO curb2curb shuttles:
Validator is located inside vehicle as you board.

On METRORail and METRORapid:
Validator is located on the platform where you board.

No. The card can only be used for the student to whom it’s registered. If you try to use it for a second rider, a red light will flash on the validator and the words “NO PASSBACK” will appear on the screen.

Obtaining a Card

You can obtain a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card through the METRO Online RideStore and your card will be sent via U.S. mail.

You can also obtain a discounted METRO Q® Fare Card at any METRO RideStore location:

Downtown Transit Center
1900 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 713-739-6968

Main Street Square
1001 Travis St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 713-652-8994

Northwest Transit Center
7373 Old Katy Road
Houston, Texas 77024
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 713-739-6031

Fannin South Transit Center
1604 West Bellfort St.
Houston, Texas 77054
Hours: Mon-Fri, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: 713-652-8937

Yes.

For K-12 students, one of the following must be provided:

  • Current school ID
  • Class schedule
  • Report card


For college students, we require the following:


If you upload a current class schedule, you must also upload a tuition receipt.

And if you’re doing an internship, you must also provide a letter with start and end date on official company letterhead.

Based on the above requirements, you’ll be required to provide at least two, and as many as four documents.

Yes. A discounted METRO Q® Fare Card can be used at any time. It provides a 50 percent discount upon boarding any of the following METRO transit services:

  • Local bus
  • Park & Ride bus
  • METRORail
  • METRORapid
  • METRO curb2curb


To start using the card prior to June 1, 2022, funds will need to be added to it. Those funds will then begin getting deducted each time a fare is paid.

From June 1, 2022 to Aug. 31, 2022, no fares will be charged and the card balance won’t change.

Starting Sept. 1, 2022, half price fares will begin getting deducted again each time a fare Is paid.

Any available funds as of June 1, 2022 will remain on the card for continued use after Aug. 31, 2022.

Other

You can load funds on the card at any time in the following locations:

  • METRO website
  • Reload machine at the rear exit of all local buses
  • Select vending machines on METRORail platforms and at Park & Ride facilities
  • Any METRO RideStore
  • Participating retail locations


You can also load funds on the card through the METRO Online RideStore, but only at the time you initially obtain the card.

No. Funds will not be lost because all discounted METRO Q® Fare Cards must be registered before they can be used. This protects the card’s account balance if it gets lost.

If your card is lost or stolen, please call Customer Service at 713-635-4000 as soon as possible to get your card turned off. To replace your card and recover the funds, please stop by any METRO RideStore location. METRO will provide one free replacement card. All future replacements will require a fee of $10.