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Choosing a Fare Card

UC Metro Card

EZ Ride Card

Two Types of Fare Cards Are Available

Eligible students and employees may choose to register for either the UC Metro Card or the EZ Ride Card, depending upon what transportation option best meets their individual needs.  Both cards are valid for the same time period and for unlimited rides per day.

Which Fare Card Makes the Most 'Cents'  for You?

  UC Metro Card EZ Ride Card
Is there a Fee Charged when Registering Online for the Fare Card?
$53 for UC Student
or
$160 for UC Employee
No Registration Fee Charged
Cost to Pay on Bus for Each Ride when Traveling in Zone 1 No Cost Per Ride when
Traveling in Zone 1
Must Pay $1.00 Per Ride

Cost to Travel within Zones 2 through 5 

(CLICK HERE to See Zone Fee Chart below)

Rider Must Pay Additional Zone Fees based on Distance Traveled – this ranges between $0.90 (for Zone 2 travel) to $2.50 (for Zone 5) Pay $1.00 Per Ride, but No Zone Fees Are Charged
Can Rider Buy/Use a Transfer?

No

Yes, cost is $0.50, same as the cost to the General Public

Be sure to consider your travel needs and patterns before you choose your semester fare card.  Think about where and how often you will travel on Metro:

Do you only travel in Zone 1 (City of Cincinnati), or do you travel beyond the City limits into Zones 2 through 5? 

  • Do you ride Metro almost every day or just occasionally?
  • Review the Comparison Chart below.

COMPARISON CHART

UC*Metro Fare Card

EZ Ride Fare Card

UC Students:

If you are a "Zone 1 ONLY Rider", and plan to ride at least 53 times during the semester, then the UC*Metro Card is for you.

For your $53 Student registration fee, the UC*Metro Fare Card allows you to ride Metro for free in Zone 1 (You pay no cash drop as long as you ONLY travel in Zone 1).

Note:  If you travel in Zones 2 through 5, then you will be required to pay additional Zone Fees. 

Transfers are not available with this card.

UC Employees:

If you are a "Zone 1 ONLY Rider", and plan to ride at least 160 times during the semester, then the UC*Metro Card is for you.

For your $160 Employee registration fee, the UC*Metro Fare Card allows you to ride Metro for free in Zone 1 (You pay no cash drop as long as you ONLY travel in Zone 1).

Note:  If you travel in Zones 2 through 5, then you will be required to pay applicable Zone Fees. 

Transfers are not available with this card.

UC Students and UC Employees:

EZ Ride provides a big savings for All Riders who travel frequently through Zones 2 through 5 because they do not have to pay additional Zone Fees for Zones 2 through 5.  So the more you ride, the more you save.

For the Occasional or Infrequent Rider, EZ Ride provides a convenient "pay as you go" option.

With EZ Ride, All Riders may purchase and use transfers.

Metro's
Zone Fee Table
for UC Metro Card Holders Only

Zones


Required Cash Drop
(Zone Fee)

Metro - Zone 1
(Travel within the City of Cincinnati)

Not Required

Metro - Zone 2
(To/from/within Hamilton County,
but outside the City of Cincinnati, plus Rte. 23X)

$0.90
per Ride

Metro - HARRISON
(To/from/within Harrison, OH)
Route: 52X

$1.25
per Ride

Metro - Zone 4
(To/from/within Butler County)
Routes: 42X

$1.75
per Ride

Metro - CLERMONT
(To/from/within Clermont County, OH)
Routes: 28 Milford, 29X, and 82X
$2.00
per Ride

Metro - Zone 5
(To, from/within Warren County)
Routes:  71/71X

$2.50
per Ride