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Minor Fare Increase Goes into Effect on January 2


For the first time since it was introduced more than two years ago, the M•CARD Adult Fare is increasing from $1.75 to $2. Even with the small increase, the M•CARD fare is still less expensive than the cash fare of $2.25 which is not changing. The New Freedom Pass is also increasing to $1 a day and the Paratransit Fare is increasing from $3.50 to $4. All fare changes go into effect January 2, 2018.

The cost of 1-Day, 7-Day and 31-Day M•CARD Passes, as well as the GO Pass are staying the same, meaning most riders will not see any changes.

Even with the increase, riding transit is still a great way to save money. According to studies from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), people who ride public transit instead of driving can save more than $9,000 a year.

2018 MCTS Fares (effective January 2, 2018)

  • Adult M•CARD Ride - $2 ($.25 increase)
  • Adult Cash Ride - $2.25 (no change)
  • 1-Day Pass at fare outlet - $4 (no change)
  • 1-Day Pass on the bus - $5 cash/$4 Stored Cash Value (no change)
  • 7-Day Pass - $19.50 (no change)
  • 31-Day Pass - $72 (no change)
  • GO Pass - $1 a day (no change)
  • New Freedom Pass - $1 a day (new fare)