Metro Introduces New Way to Pay Fare: Stored-Value Cards

New stored-value cards, in prepaid amounts of $10, $20 and $30, will be available for sale starting Aug. 1.

 Stored Value CardsCINCINNATI – You won’t need to have exact change for your bus fare if you purchase a new Metro stored-value card, starting Aug. 1. The new cards, available in prepaid amounts of $10, $20 and $30, provide greater flexibility and convenience for bus riders.

Stored-value cards can be used like cash to pay all zone fares, buy transfers, pay discounted fares such as Fare Deal, children’s fares or UC or Cincinnati State fares, and even fares for multiple riders. Riders should tell the driver what they are paying for and insert the cards into the slot on top of the farebox. Metro’s farebox will deduct fare from the stored-value card on each ride until all funds have been used.

Starting Aug. 1, Metro stored-value cards will be for sale at Metro’s sales office, 120 E. Fourth Street, Mercantile Building arcade downtown, weekdays 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. After that date, Metro will no longer sell 10-ride Zone 1 tickets. Metro will continue to accept 10-ride Zone 1 tickets through Dec. 31, 2013.

Reminder: The last day to use Metro tokens will be June 30, 2013. Sets of 10 silver Metro tokens may be exchanged for 10-ride Zone 1 tickets at Metro’s sales office, weekdays 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through Friday, June 28. No cash or refunds can be provided. Metro brass tokens will not be exchanged and must be used by June 30.

Exact change and passes will continue to be accepted as fare on all buses.

For more information, visit the Fare Information page and the stored-value card FAQs.

Metro is a tax-supported public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.

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