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Buses & Public Transportation

Cincinnati State-Metro Discount Card - Program Information

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 is 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. (You must have a valid SurgeCard to order a Metro card.)

  • The card is free, and will be mailed to you within three to five business days in a plain white envelope.
  • The discount card will be issued only to students who are currently enrolled.
  • Metro scanners will not accept standard Cincinnati State ID cards (Surge Card)

How often do I need to get a new Metro card?

The card is valid for one semester only. Each semester you must order a new card.

Metro Card Dates for Program Participants

2019 Fall Semester

  • Registration Begins: August 9, 2019
  • First Day to Use Card: August 26, 2019
  • Last Day to Use Card: January 20, 2020

2020 Spring Semester

  • Registration Begins: December 20, 2019
  • First Day to Use Card: January 21, 2020
  • Last Day To Use Card: May 1, 2020

2020 Summer Semester

  • Registration Begins: Apring 24, 2020
  • First Day to Use Card: May 11, 2020
  • Last Day to Use Card: August 22, 2020

*Dates are subject to change*

Planning your trip?

Metro’s Trip Planner can help you plan your bus ride, door to door.

Other Metro 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 inches) and Fare Deal/ACCESS:

(Fare Deal cards have a working magnetic strip on the 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 age 2 are free; up to two children can ride free with each paying adult.

What routes serve Cincinnati State?

Metro routes that serve Cincinnati State are:

  • Route 17
  • Route 19
  • Route 20
  • Route 51

What are the current schedules?

Schedules for the routes that serve Cincinnati State are located outside the Student Activities Office, room 204 ATLC and online.

Metro Discount Card 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 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 about fraudulent use of ID cards by people who are not currently Cincinnati State students. Allowing unauthorized use is not fair to those who are current enrolled students.

Who is eligible for this program?

All current, active Cincinnati State students are eligible to receive a Metro discount card. Former students or those participating in short-term, temporary activities at the College are not eligible for the discount card.

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

If you are an eligible student, you must have a valid Cincinnati State-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 else. 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 must be paid 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 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. 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. After 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.

I have other questions.

Call Metro at (513) 632-9260, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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