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UC*Metro Program

How to Apply for a Fare Card:

Click the Image Above to:

  • Register for a Semester Fare Card;
  • Replace a Fare Card (a $50 fee);
  • Switch to another Type of Fare Card.

Fare Card Registration Costs:

UC Metro Fare Card:  $53/student/semester; $160/employee/semester.

EZ Ride Fare Card:  No cost to student or employee for first registration.

Replacement Cost:  There is a $50 Cost to Replace a UC Metro or EZ Ride Fare Card; replacement cost is the same for students and employees.



  • April 17, 2014 - LAST DAY TO REGISTER for Spring Semester Fare Cards.
  • May 11, 2014 - LAST DAY TO USE for Spring Semester Fare Cards.


  • April 22, 2014 - FIRST DAY TO REGISTER for Summer Semester Fare Cards. Cards will be mailed out starting May 5, 2014.
  • May 12, 2014 - FIRST DAY TO USE Summer Semester Fare Cards.
semester chart

Students May Now Opt to Pay For UC Metro Program Expenses through their Student Bill

 UC Students may now choose to place their UC*Metro Program fare card registration charge and/or replacement fee on their UC Student Bill. Any available student aid (loans and grants) will be used to pay for fare card expenses by choosing the "Student Bill" option during the fare card registration process.

About the UC*Metro Program

UC's Metro Program is funded, in part, by UC Student Government and UC administration, and offers discounted transportation options for riding Metro buses to eligible UC students and UC employees.

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 buses for people whose disabilities prevent their use of Metro’s regular service.  Metro provides about 17 million rides per year in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Contact Us:

Business Hours:  7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday


Marie Sutthoff
Program Director
Facilities Management
Phone:  513-556-4319
Fax:  513-556-3667
Email:  Marie.Sutthoff@uc.edu

Please provide your name and UC photo identification card number (M#) when contacting us.

How To Participate in the UC*Metro Program

  1. Read this website to learn about the two types of discounted semester fare cards that are available through the UC*Metro Program to decide which type you will request. Prerequisite:  All UC Students and Employees must have a valid UC Photo Identification Badge before applying for a fare card. Telephone 513-556-4925 or visit UC Public Safety at 4 Edwards Center (on Main Campus) or the Security Offices at UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont Campuses to inquire about getting a UC Photo ID Badge before applying for a fare card.
  2. Determine which fare card to register for, based upon what transportation option best meets your individual needs.  Click here to read about the EZ Ride Fare Card and the UC Metro Fare Card options.
  3. Apply for each new semester's fare card at the UC*Metro Program Registration Site. Only one fare card is valid per eligible UC rider at any one time. All fare cards carry semester designations and expiration dates printed on the face of the card above the photograph.
  4. The UC*Metro Program Registration Site validates eligibility to participate in the UC*Metro Program after entry of a UC Central Login Service Username and Password. 
    • If Eligible to participate, a registration form will display to complete the fare card request. 
    • If Ineligible to participate, the Registration Site will return the following message: "You are not eligible to use this application." Questions about Ineligibility messages may be sent to facilities@uc.edu; please include your "M" number (located above your photo on your UC Photo ID Badge.)
  5. The registration form asks for an:
    • Accurate U.S. Postal Service mailing address; including apartment number (if any) at the end of the street address, and an accurate Zip Code. Fare card will be mailed to the address provided within five (5-7) business days after registration submittal. Weekends, and US postal holidays are not counted as business days.
    • Accurate credit or debit card payment and billing information when registering for the UC Metro Fare Card. UC Students also have the option to charge their payment to their UC Student Bill.
    • Accurate email address for contact purposes.
  6. "Submit" the registration form by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.  A confirmation number is sent to the email address provided at registration.
  7. Questions may be sent to facilities@uc.edu; please include your "M" number (located above your photo on your UC Photo ID Badge.)


ACCESS Transportation Riders - Special Note:

UC students and employees who are eligible to use Access Transportation must apply each academic term and should choose the EZ Ride Card option.

Transportation through Access will require eligible riders to show their EZ Ride Fare Card, in addition to presenting the appropriate Access ride ticket and their Access ID, and paying the appropriate Zone fee. 

Please follow this link to read about the Access procedures. 

The UC Student and Employee Disability Services Offices at UC Uptown Campus, UC Blue Ash College and UC Clermont College may also assist eligible individuals in completing these online requirements.

Additional Online Transportation Information:

Air:                   Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)

Train:                Amtrak

Bus:                  Go Bus   ∗    Greyhound    ∗   Megabus

Shuttle System:  refer to UC Shuttle Services

Refer to the UC|sustainability site  for information on:

Bike Share
Car Share (zipcar)
UC NightRide
Rideshare Ohio
Local Taxi Service

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How to Travel on Metro


Report the bus route you were on and the date you lost your item:

  • Call Metro's Garage: 513-632-7663, or
  • Call Metro's Customer Service: 513-632-7699

Need Help Planning Your Trip on Metro?

Metro System Maps:

Metro Bus Schedules on Campus:

Metro maintains a display of bus schedules serving the UC Clifton area at the McMicken Commons Entrance (historic west entrance) of Tangeman University Center (Level 3, near the MainStreet Connections Center), as shown in the photo below.

photo of Metro route display rack in TUC

TUC display rack of Metro bus schedules