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.

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

2017 Fall Semester

Registration Begins: August 14, 2017
First Day Card Can Be Used: August 28, 2017
Last Day Card Can Be Used: January 7, 2018

2017 Spring Semester

Registration Begins: December 25
First Day To Use Card: January 8, 2018
Last Day To Use Card: May 6, 2018

2017 Summer Semester

Registration Opens: April 23, 2018
First Day Card Can Be Used: May 7, 2018
Last Day Card Can Be Used: August 26, 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 Harrison and $3.75 Zone Clermont
$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 Harrison and $1.85 Zone Clermont
$ 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 19
Route 20
Route 51

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 19
Route 20
Route 51

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

The Metro discount card is designed to be validated by the reader on the top of the farebox. When you swipe your Metro discount card through the pass reader, the farebox will make sure the pass is valid, and you’re on your way.

Is this a free program?

Cincinnati State helps fund the Metro discount card program. As a current student, you pay just a $1 fare each time you ride plus $.50 for transfers if needed.

Why can’t I just show my Cincinnati State ID?

Both Cincinnati State and Metro are concerned aboutfraudulent use of ID cards by people who are not currently Cincinnati State students. Allowing this type of unauthorized use is not fair to those who are valid students.

Who is eligible for this program?

All current, active Cincinnati State students are eligible to receive a Metro discount card. This does not include past students or temporary program attendees.

How will bus drivers know who is an eligible Cincinnati State rider?

If you are an eligible student, you must have a valid Metro discount card to take part in this program. If the card is valid, the farebox will tell the operator to accept it when you swipe it.

I don’t ride the bus but my friend does. Can I give my pass to her?

No. Metro discount cards are for use by current, active students only. The Metro discount card has a photo of the registered user to prevent use by anyone other than to whom the card was issued. In addition, use of a Metro discount card by anyone other than the person to whom it was issued is considered fraud and is prohibited. Metro will confiscate cards of anyone caught committing fraud and they will be ineligible to participate in the program in the future.

Does this program cover travel on any Metro route?

Yes. You are allowed to use your Metro discount cards to ride any Metro route any time of day on any day of the week, not just to and from Cincinnati State. However, a cash fare of $1 is needed each time you ride; if a transfer is needed, it is an additional $.50.

What if I lose my Metro discount card?

Lost Metro discount cards may be replaced by going requesting a one-time replacement card through MyServices on the Cincinnati State website. If your card is lost or stolen, Metro will remove it from the system so it can’t be used by anyone else. Participants are eligible for one replacement card per six-month cycle.

What if I need a transfer?

If you need a transfer, you may request one for an additional $.50 when you pay your $1 fare. If you transfer to TANK, you will pay the full TANK fare. TANK is not a part of the discount program.

What about my regular Metro monthly bus card?

You can still get a monthly bus card to ride Metro. It’s up to you to determine if the Metro discount card will provide a better financial benefit to you. It depends on how often you ride the bus.

What about Access?

The Metro discount program applies to Access customers as well. Like Metro, you must be a current, active Cincinnati State students and must also be a registered Access rider, and also register for the Metro discount card. Once you receive your Metro discount card, you can go to Metro’s website to order special Access tickets worth $1.50 toward your fare. Then when you ride Access, show your valid Metro discount card and give the Access operator an Access ticket. The cost is $2 for travel in Zone 1, and $3 for travel in Zone 2. Ride and route specifics


Call Metro at 513.632.9260, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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