Buses & Public Transportation

Program logistics

How does the program work?

Cincinnati State and Metro are working together to provide discounted rates to students on many routes. The program allows students to swipe a special Cincinnati State-Metro discount card (with photo) and then pay just $1 to ride Metro in any zone, with a transfer for just 50 cents. This represents a significant discount over regular Metro fares that range from $1.75 for zone 1 up to $4.25 for zone 5. The program will rely on new scanning systems installed on Metro buses in recent weeks. 

How do I get a Cincinnati State-Metro discount card?

To get your discount card, log into MyCState, choose MyServices, and click on Transportation. (Note: you must have a valid SurgeCard to order!) The card itself is free, and will be mailed to you within three to five business days in a plain white envelope. The discount card will only be issued to students who are currently enrolled. Metro scanners will not accept regular Cincinnati State ID cards.

How often do I need to get a new card?

The card is valid during the life of the semester only. Each semester you must order a new card

Metro Important Dates for Program Participants

Fall Semester

Registration Begins: August 15, 2016
First Day Card Can Be Used: August 22, 2016
Last Day Card Can Be Used: January 8, 2017

Spring Semester

Registration Begins: January 2, 2017
First Day To Use Card: January 9, 2017
Last Day To Use Card: April 30, 2017

Summer Semester

Registration Opens: April 24, 2017
First Day Card Can Be Used: May 1, 2017
Last Day Card Can Be Used: August 18, 2017
*Dates are subject to change*

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General information

Metro fares without discount programs
7 days a week: 

$1.75 Zone 1:   Within Cincinnati City limits
$2.65 Zone 2:   Hamilton County, outside City limits
$3.00 Zone 3:   Clermont County, Harrison OH (28 Milford & 29X, 52X, 82X)
$3.50 Zone 4:   Butler County (42X and 62X)
$4.25 Zone 5:   Warren County (71X/72) 
$ .50 Transfer charge (good any stop, any direction for time listed)

Children under 45” and Fare Deal/ACCESS: 

(Fare Deal cards have working magnetic stripe on back) $ 0.85 Zone 1: Within Cincinnati City limits
$ 1.30 Zone 2:   Hamilton County, outside City limits
$ 1.50 Zone 3:   Clermont County, Harrison OH (28 Milford & 29X, 52X, 82X) 
$ 1.75 Zone 4:   Butler County (42X and 62X)
$ 2.10 Zone 5:   Warren County (71X/72)
$ .50 Transfer charge (good any stop any direction for time listed)

Children under 2 free; up to two free child’s fares with each paying adult.

What routes serve Cincinnati State?

Routes that serve Cincinnati State include:

Route 17
Route 18
Route 19
Route 20
Route 39

What are the current schedules?

The current schedules for the routes that serve Cincinnati State are located outside the bookstore in ATLC and by the Welcome Desk in the Main Building.

Route 17
Route 18
Route 19
Route 20
Route 39

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