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The MCTS Reduced Fare Program offers riders aged 65 and over, aged 6 to 11, or riders with a qualifying disability the opportunity to ride MCTS at a reduced rate.

Reduced Fare

You can use cash or an M•CARD to pay the reduced fare of $1.10 a ride, but the easiest way is with an MCTS Reduced Fare Card. This card works just like a regular M•CARD but is programmed for the reduced fare; this card also allows you to take advantage of our 1,7 or 31-Day Reduced Fare pricing. For a limited time, eligible riders can get a FREE Reduced Fare Card by coming to the MCTS Administration Building, 1942 N 17th St, any weekday from 9am – 2pm.

Don't have the MCTS Reduced Fare Card? No problem. You can still use cash or an M•CARD. When you board you must show an ID to the bus driver to prove you are eligible. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Medicare card

  • MCTS Reduced Fare ID card

Categories for Eligibility

Still unsure? There are three categories used to determine whether or not you're eligible for this program:

  1. If you are 65 years or older OR between the ages of 6 & 11 OR

  2. If you are currently covered under Medicare (Medicaid not applicable)

  3. If you have a qualifying physical or mental impairment (see application for details)

How to Apply

How you apply to see if you can receive Reduced Fare:

  • Click here to download the application

  • Complete and sign the front of the application

  • Have your treating physician or licensed health care provider (WI Medical Lic.) complete and sign the back of the application

  • Bring your completed application to our office (1942 N. 17th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205) between the hours of 9 and 2 pm, Monday-Friday, to have your photograph taken and receive an ID

  • Bring a photo ID with you. It can be a drivers license or your state ID

FAQ

What is the advantage of the Reduced Fare Card?

Not only does this card allow you to take advantage of reduced fare pricing, it also means you no longer need to carry a separate ID. Since the Reduced Fare Card has your picture on it, it's the only card you need.

I'm eligible for the Reduced Fare Program but don't have an MCTS Reduced Fare Card, how can I take advantage of the program?

You can use cash or a regular M•CARD to pay reduced fare on the bus by following these simple steps.

  1. Tell the driver when you board you are eligible for reduced fare and verify that by showing the driver your Medicare card or State ID
  2. Wait for the driver to enter the reduced fare information in the farebox system
  3. Once driver tells you to pay, either insert cash or touch the M•CARD to the farebox and pay using Stored Cash Value

If I'm paying with cash, can I get a transfer?

No, the only way to get a transfer is by using the Reduced Fare Card or an M•CARD.

I plan to ride a lot, what's the best option for me?

The MCTS Reduced Fare Card allows you to take advantage of the 1, 7 and 31-Day Pass reduced fare pricing. If you pay cash or use the M•CARD you will only be able to pay for one ride at a time.

I have a red M•CARD, is that still good for reduced fare?

Yes, the red M•CARD is still programmed for reduced fare and will work like the MCTS Reduced Fare Card, but as of July 2017 we are no longer selling the red card.

I have a red M•CARD but would like to get the MCTS Reduced Fare Card, is that possible?

Yes, simply bring your red M•CARD to the MCTS Administration Building, 1942 N 17th St, any weekday from 9am – 2pm and exchange that for a Reduced Fare Card. If you have passes or Stored Cash Value on your red M•CARD we can transfer that onto your Reduced Fare Card.

Questions?

If you have questions about Reduced Fare, please call Transit Plus at 414-343-1700 or 711 (TRS) Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.