Discounts & Free Fares

Discount Fares

METRO offers a 50 percent discount on all bus and light-rail services for students, seniors and disabled. To qualify, you must show proof that you are a student, senior 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.
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Must present a government-issued ID with date of birth.

  • Seniors 65-69 cardholders receive a 50 percent discount
  • Seniors 70+ ride METRO for FREE with the METRO Q® Fare Card 70+ pass

How to get a METRO Fare Card


All applicants with disabilities and/or Medicare cardholders are required to visit the RideStore at 1900 Main St. and bring a government-issued ID with date of birth; for example, state ID, driver's license, veteran's ID or passport, in order to receive your METRO Fare Card with a 50 percent discount. You cannot order online. Plus show proof of 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
  • A veteran’s ID that has a label under the photo called “Service Connected”

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
  • Disabled or decorated veterans who qualify for the METRO Veterans Pass
  • Jurors
  • Seniors 70+ ride METRO for FREE with the METRO Q® Fare Card 70+ pass

How to get a METRO Fare Card

METRO Veterans Pass

The Qualified METRO Veterans Pass (MVP) is designed to provide qualified U.S. military veterans with unlimited light-rail, local bus, and Park & Ride service for FREE.

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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 to the courthouse via the following routes:

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