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You can purchase mobile tickets using a credit or debit card, Paypal, Apple Pay (for iOS) or Google Pay (for Android). Only regular fare tickets are available in the app. Upon purchase, tickets are available for immediate activation and use.

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Functions as a debit card for riding METRO. It allows you to ride local service as often as you like during the day for a maximum of $3 (regular fare) or $1.50 (discounted fare). Using a day pass on Park & Ride service may require an upcharge.

Each location offers complimentary route schedules and maps, and is staffed with METRO customer service representatives. They can answer questions about riding METRO and assist with various fare card issues.

UH students are eligible for discounted METRO fare cards and passes. To sign up, log in to myParking account via AccessUH and click on the "Get Permits" option under the "Permits" button in the top navigation bar. This tutorial takes you through each step of the process.

To help you decide which METRO card/pass is best for you, use the chart below to see the features of each product. Regardless of whether you choose a Q Fare Card or a Day Pass, each is reloadable and offers free transfers for 3 hours when used in the same direction of travel.

Rice University Undergraduate students are eligible to receive a free Student METRO QCard. Undergraduate cards are loaded with $6.00 and the balance will replenish automatically as funds are used, receiving up to $30.00 in rides per month, at no cost to the student (replacement card fees may apply).

However, if you have a U.S. mailing address, you can request a Q Card by mail on the Metro website. This could be an option if your trip to Houston is far enough in the future. You can optionally create an online account so that you can top up your card remotely.

The METRO Q Card is a contactless smart card used to ride on public transportation in Greater Houston. It is administered by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County. The card can be used on METRO Bus, METRORail, and METROLift.[1] The cards are based upon the MIFARE Classic 1K standard and are freely available but expire.

METRO discount fare cards give students from kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as college and university students, the ability to ride any METRO service for 50 percent off the regular fare. Travel where you want, when you want, and pay just 60 cents a ride on all METRO local bus and light-rail service.

Your card is sturdy, but please follow these tips to keep your card protected from damage. Do not scratch, bend or punch a hole in your Go-To Card. The card will be deactivated if the sensitive wires inside it are broken or snapped. Don't hold your Go-To Card next to metal objects (coins, zippers) or electronic devices (cell phones or pagers) when using it. The metal may keep your card from being read properly.

If you are boarding at Target Field, Go-To Card readers are marked by destination. If you are traveling to Big Lake from Target Field, you are required to touch your card to the reader labeled "Big Lake." Otherwise, you may be ticketed for fare evasion.

Press the F button (Go-To Card). Next, touch your Go-To Card to the Go-To logo below the screen. Select Add Stored Value or Add 7-Day or 31-Day Pass, then use the screen to choose the amount or type of pass you want to add. When the screen asks for payment, insert cash or a credit card. YOU MUST touch your Go-To Card to the Go-To logo one more time for stored value or a pass to be added to your card.

Lost or stolen cardsContact Customer Relations at 612-373-3333 or visit a Metro Transit Service Center immediately so the card can be deactivated. If the card is registered, you will receive a replacement card that contains the same value that your original card had at the time it was reported lost, minus a $5 replacement fee.

Non-functioning cardsIf your Go-To Card or pass fails to work on a bus, use another form of payment. To receive a replacement card, contact Customer Relations at 612-373-3333 or visit a Metro Transit Service Center.

I have a multi-day pass and stored value on my card. What pays my fare?The Go-To readers always use a pass first to pay the fare. If additional fare is required, the reader will automatically deduct the correct amount from any stored value on the card or pass. Learn more about the best fare product for you here.

I've changed my personal information such as my email address. Where can I edit my card's registration information? Edit your registration information to change your phone number, mailing address or e-mail address. You can also call Customer Relations at 612-373-3333. Metro Transit will not sell or disclose personal information without your written consent unless required to do so by law.

Q Cards by themselves do not guarantee access to METRO Rail. Students must tap their cards prior to each ride and cannot be double tapped to attempt to pay for another individual. Metro Police can scan your METRO Q Card to determine whether or not it was tapped.

SmarTrip cards with fare loaded on them can be used on many regional buses as well, including DC Circulator, ART (Arlington), CUE (Fairfax), DASH (Alexandria), Fairfax Connector, and RideOn (Montgomery County.)

With that said, your SmarTrip card works on all Metrobuses. Of course, you can always opt for ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft or their low-tech cousin: cabs.Looking for a ride? Download the Lyft App and use Promo Code DCBFRIDES for $10 OFF your first ride with Lyft.

All EZ transit passes are sold on plastic TAP cards loaded with an electronic EZ transit pass. You can tap your card on any system that accepts TAP. Simply have your EZ transit pass fare loaded onto your card and remember to tap before boarding.

To get the EZ transit pass at a reduced rate, you must have an orange Reduced Fare TAP card. To apply in person, go to any Metro Customer Center. To apply online, visit To apply by mail, submit the senior/disabled application with the required documentation.

A SmarTrip is a reloadable product used to pay Metrorail, Metrobus, and Regional Transit Partner fares, as well as parking at Metro facilities. SmarTrip is available on mobile devices and as a plastic card.

  • If a registered SmarTrip Card is lost or stolen, the remaining balance can be replaced.

  • There is a $2 replacement fee if a replacement card is requested.

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Back To TopHow long will my SmarTrip last?A SmarTrip purchased from a Fare Vending Machine or on a mobile device will expire 12 years after purchase. The expiration date can be found in the SmarTrip app or on the SmarTrip Online Account. SmarTrip passes will expire if they are not loaded to your SmarTrip within 30 days of purchase. Learn More

If a registered plastic SmarTrip Card was lost, stolen, or damaged, report it as soon as possible. The remaining balance, from the time the card is reported as lost or stolen, may be transferred to a new SmarTrip for the cost of a new card. Balance transfers are unavailable for unregistered SmarTrip Cards. Learn More

If you transfer a plastic SmarTrip to Apple Wallet or Google Pay, the balance will automatically transfer. However, once the balance transfer is complete you will no longer be able to use the plastic card.

A product is considered pending if it has not yet been loaded onto your plastic SmarTrip Card. To load it to your card, use your card within the Metrorail or Metrobus system or tap it to a fare vending machine.

Metropolitan Transit Authority bus riders use Q cards, smartphone apps or cash to hop aboard a bus Nov. 20, 2019, in Houston. Metro is in the early steps of revamping its fare system, which will eventually allow for payments using Apple Pay and other options.

Metropolitan Transit Authority bus riders use Q cards, smartphone apps or cash to hop aboard a bus Nov. 20, 2019, in Houston. Metro is in the early steps of revamping its fare system. As part of the change, the agency is trying to phase out cash as much as possible.

Metropolitan Transit Authorirty bus riders use Q cards, smartphone apps or cash to hop aboard a bus Nov. 20, 2019, in Houston. Metro is in the early steps of revamping its fare system, which includes new validators for Q Cards.

A Q card reader sits outside a Metropolitan Transit Authority rail stop on Nov. 20, 2019, in Houston. Metro is in the early steps of revamping its fare system, which includes new validators for Q Cards.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority on Thursday will consider the first in a series of agreements to revamp its fare payment system that eventually could offer riders the option of using smartphones, credit cards and electronic wallets to hop aboard its buses and trains.

Metro is among a handful of large American transit agencies giving some thought to how to reduce the number of riders tossing coins and convert them to tapping a card, which could help speed up bus trips.

The new machines will accept the current Q cards, along with such options as contactless credit cards that allow customers to pay by tapping a card reader and Apple Pay and Google Pay that store credit card info on mobile phones.

Even as Metro weighs the future of its fare payment system, officials are looking at making it easier to convert cash to a Metro pass. As part of the fare system restructuring, Metro is moving its internal Q card retailing system to an outside vendor, InComm, which manages a huge portion of the gift card market, along with tolling and transit cards for various agencies. 041b061a72


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