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UC*Metro Program


UC*Metro Program Changes for Fall Semester 2017

The UC Metro Discount Program agreement covering the last three Academic Years through Summer 2017 expired on August 20, 2017.

Just last week UC and SORTA/Metro came to a new agreement to offer only the EZ Ride Card beginning with Fall Semester 2017 and into the future for the 2017/2018 Academic Year.  With the EZ Ride Card, riders pay $1.00 per ride, and no zone fees, and can purchase a transfer for $0.50. 

However, because of the delays with the extended negotiations, we are now attempting to update our registration program to reflect the new agreement, and then open online registration for all to request an EZ Ride Card.  Of course we are acting as swiftly as possible, however, programmatic changes must be made that do take some time, and unfortunately the server problems of August 21 did impact this progress. 

For the interim period, the Metro is still available to ride, but UC Students and Employees will have to pay the regular fare charged to the General Public until we can update the registration program.  Please keep a lookout on our webpage:  www.uc.edu/metrocard  for up-to-date notices as to when the registration program is available.  We do hope this is merely a short delay.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • UC Shuttle Services are not affected by this change to the UC Metro Program.  For information about the Shuttles please see our website:   uc.edu/shuttle

  • For Metro fare information and options, go to:  go-metro.com  
To be "Eligible" to participate in the program, a UC student must be:

1.       Enrolled in classes   AND

2.       Possess a valid UC Photo Identification Card (from UC Public Safety)

Please be certain to meet both of these criteria.


APPLY for your semester bus pass here.

Note: You must have a valid UC Photo Identification Card in order for our Program to create and mail you a semester bus pass.  Your name and UCID photo will be imprinted on your bus pass.  If you do not have a UCID card, please go to UC Public Safety to request one.

Follow Instructions Below:

  2. INCLUDE your apartment OR residence hall room number, at the end of your street address
    (example:  123 MAIN ST, APT 4)
  3. VERIFY your US Postal Service zip code
  4. PROVIDE an accurate email address
  5. ALLOW 5 to 7 business days for your bus pass to be delivered to you through the US Postal Service


  • EZ Ride Fare Card:  No cost to student or employee. All rides are $1.00, payable onboard when traveling in any Zone; rider may purchase a $0.50 transfer, if needed.

Other Local Transportation Options:

Rideshare Ohio
Car Share (zipcar)
Local Taxi Service
Intercity Transportation Options

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Maps of Metro Bus Stop Locations Near University of Cincinnati Campuses (pdf)

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About the UC*Metro Program

The UC*Metro Program offers discount transportation options for eligible enrolled UC students and UC employees for use when riding Metro regional buses or Access mini-buses. The Program is funded by UC Administration and UC Student Government, and administered by UC Facilities Management Department.   Eligible participants register online to receive a personalized, semester discount fare card for use onboard Metro and Access vehicles.

Metro Vehicles

Metro Bus and Access Mini-Bus

Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), which operates regional Metro buses and smaller Access mini-buses (origin-to-destination transportation for people whose disabilities prevent them from riding Metro buses.)  Metro provides about 17 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati area.