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UC*Metro Program


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:

  1. CHOOSE your bus pass type (EZ Ride Fare Card or UC Metro Fare Card)
  3. INCLUDE your apartment OR residence hall room number, at the end of your street address
    (example:  123 MAIN ST, APT 4)
  4. VERIFY your US Postal Service zip code
  5. PROVIDE an accurate email address
  6. ENTER payment information (if required)
  7. RECEIVE an application confirmation by email
  8. ALLOW 5 to 7 business days for your bus pass to be delivered to you through the US Postal Service
  9. CONTACT: Marie.Sutthoff@uc.edu with any questions and be sure to include your UCID card number (M-number)

UC*Metro Program Dates and Details:

semester chart

Cost You Pay to Acquire a Fare Card:

  • UC Metro Fare Card:  $53 per student per semester; and $160 per employee per semester for first/initial card requested in each semester. Zone 1 transportation is at no cost; but rider must pay all zone fees onboard when traveling outside of Zone 1.
  • EZ Ride Fare Card:  No cost to student or employee for first/initial card request in each semester. All rides are $1.00, payable onboard when traveling in any Zone; rider may purchase a $0.50 transfer, if needed.
  • Replacement Fare Cards:  Students and employees who lose the first/initial UC Metro or EZ Ride Fare Card issued to them during any semester must pay an additional $50 when applying online for a replacement card.

Other Local Transportation Options:

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

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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.

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.

Contact the UC*Metro Program:

Administrator:  Marie Sutthoff
Program Director, UC Facilities Management
Phone:  513-556-4319;  email:  Marie.Sutthoff@uc.edu

To expedite service, please provide your name and UCID card number (M-number) when contacting us.

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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.

Return Policy:

Requests for return must meet all Return Requirements and be submitted to and approved by the Program Administrator, Marie Sutthoff, via telephone or email, using the following methods:

Administrator:  Marie Sutthoff

Phone:  (513) 556-4319;  Email:  Marie.Sutthoff@uc.edu

Return Requirements:

  • Refund requests will only be accepted prior to or during the academic semester for which the card was issued.  
  • Refunds may only be issued provided the cardholder has not used the fare card for bus transportation.
  • Refunds will be made via the original method of payment (Webcheck, credit card, UC Student Bill)
  • Cardholder may be required to return the fare card prior to receiving refund.  Returns should be mailed to:

University of Cincinnati
Marie Sutthoff, ML 0005
PO Box 210005
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0005

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