Free Fares

METRO offers a Free Fares to the following:

Children ages five and under ride METRO for free and must be accompanied by an adult.

Seniors and Medicare Cardholders

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

  • Seniors 70+ ride FREE. To obtain this FREE fare option, seniors may come to the RideStore at 1900 Main St. and St. Joseph Parkway, or mail the registration form below
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  • RideStore hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Disabled or Decorated Veterans

The Qualified METRO Veterans PassTo receive your METRO fare card, applicants must come to the METRO RideStore at 1900 Main St. In order to process your METRO fare card for the disabled, please bring your 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
  • You may qualify if your disability is visible, 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.

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 FREE, unlimited rides on our light-rail, local bus and Park & Ride service.

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Jurors ride FREE

Must have a current jury summons to ride METRO for FREE.

METRO provides a complimentary one-way bus/rail trip for those going to jury duty on the original date of their summons. Prospective jurors who are not selected for jury duty may ask the court for a METRO jury pass to complete their trip home. This pass will be date stamped (valid through the same day) and should be presented to the bus operator upon boarding.

If riding METRORail, keep your pass available to present when requested.

If selected for jury duty, ask the court for a jury pass. This pass should be stamped with a “valid through” date.

Be aware that both passes look the same; however, the date stamped validates the pass. The METRO juror fare policy also applies to ADA paratransit eligible customers on METROLift.

METRO wants to make it easier for Harris County residents called for jury duty by providing temporary free shuttles. METRO hopes the shuttles will alleviate some of the traffic and parking challenges for those doing their civic duty. Discounted rate parking is available for those with a jury summons at the Harris County Credit Union, 1400 Franklin St. 

Riders can take METRO to the courthouse via the following convenient routes:

  • 11 Almeda / Lyons
  • 51 Hardy - Kelley
  • 52 Hardy - Ley

Please note that these routes offer six trips per hour.

Anyone with a frequent courthouse visitor’s badge can ride these routes for FREE in the downtown area only.

418 Harris County Jury Shuttle - FREE Ride

METRO’s 418 Harris County Jury Shuttle offers convenient weekday service every 20 minutes, to and from the District Attorney's office and every other stop along the route.

The 418 Harris County Jury Shuttle is FREE to all active jurors. Regular riders should always "tap" their card when boarding.

Arrive five minutes early to make sure you catch the shuttle,

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Hours of Operation - Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Frequency - Every 20 minutes

Bus Stop Locations:

  • Congress & Austin
  • Fannin & Preston
  • Fannin & Rusk
  • St. Joseph PKWY & Travis
  • Jefferson & Smith
  • San Jacinto & Polk
  • San Jacinto & Rusk
  • Franklin & Caroline

418 Shuttle Extended Map