Providing Public Transportation
Alternatives for the Greater
Phoenix Metro Area

Guide to New Fares

Valley Metro will introduce new fares as a way to help meet the increasing costs of providing service.

Public outreach was conducted in the fall of 2011 and 2012 to gather comment on a potential fare increase. In addition, a federally-required analysis was conducted to ensure that all riders continue to have equal access and pay equally for transit service. Results of the public outreach were presented to the Valley Metro Board of Directors in December 2012 and the increase to fares was approved.

How your fares support operations

Currently your fare pays for about 25 percent of the cost to operate your trip.  As the cost of operations rises, your fare begins to insufficiently support the current service level. The increase will generate about $6.5 million annually or support 3.2 percent of total operating costs for transit services.

Valley Metro continues to streamline its costs by reducing under-performing routes and looking internally for savings.  With the selection of a single CEO over Valley Metro in spring 2012, efficiencies have been achieved in staffing, employee benefits, use of consultants, operations with the onset of NextRide and restructuring of East Valley Dial-a-Ride and, finally, within the capital program using innovative delivery methods.

Transit Fares Effective March 1, 2013.

Local Bus/LINK/Light Rail Fare

Local Bus/LINK/Light Rail Fare
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
1-Ride$1.75$2.00
All-Day pass$3.50$4.00
All-Day pass (on board bus)$5.25$6.00
7-Day pass$17.50$20.00
15-Day-$33.00
31-Day pass$55.00$64.00
An additional $1.25 over local full fare is required to ride Express/RAPID.

Persons with a disability, seniors age 65 and older, Medicare cardholders and youth ages 6 through 18, qualify for reduced fares on local bus and light rail. Passengers must have valid proof of eligibility to use reduced fares. Click here to view more information about reduced fares. An additional $2.25 over local reduced fare is required to ride Express/RAPID.

Express Bus/RAPID Bus Fare

Express Bus/RAPID Bus Fare
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
1-Ride$2.75$3.25
All-Day pass$5.50$6.50
All-Day pass (on board bus)$7.25$8.50
31-Day pass$85.00$104.00

Reduced Local Bus/LINK/Light Rail Fare

Reduced Local Bus/LINK/Light Rail Fare
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
1-Ride$0.85$1.00
All-Day pass$1.75$2.00
All-Day pass (on board bus)$2.60$3.00
7-Day pass$8.75$10.00
15-Day-$16.50
31-Day pass$27.50$32.00
Persons with a disability, seniors age 65 and older, Medicare cardholders and youth ages 6 through 18, qualify for reduced fares on local bus and light rail. Passengers must have valid proof of eligibility to use reduced fares. Click here to view more information about reduced fares.

ADA Dial-a-Ride Fares

ADA Dial-a-Ride Fares
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
1-Ride$3.50$4.00
Impacts various Dial-a-Ride systems including the East Valley, Southwest Valley, and Phoenix. Pricing for this service is two times the 1-Ride fare.

Rural Route Fare

Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
1-Way$3.25$4.00
Average fare per trip. Fares are based on distance traveled. New proposed rate is a $4.00 flat fare for a 1-way ride.

ASU U-Pass

ASU  U-Pass
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
Students (Academic Year Pass)$200.00
Students (Summer Pass)$75.00
Employees (Local Pass, annually)$390.00$390.00
Employees (Express/RAPID, annually)$520.00$520.00
ASU U-Passes are paid for by ASU Parking and Transit Services, a self-funded auxiliary unit of the university. Students with valid ASU IDs are eligible to receive a U-Pass for $200 for the academic year. ASU faculty and staff are eligible for a Platinum Pass at a higher rate. The ASU U-Pass/employee Platinum Pass is only available at ASU campus parking offices. For more information, call (480) 965-1072.

Semester Pass

Semester Pass
Fare TypeCurrentEffective 3/1/13
Spring, Fall$195.00$230.00
Spring, Fall (Reduced)$97.50$115.50
Summer$125.00$154.00
Summer (Reduced)$62.50$77.50
Eligibility requires full-time enrollment at participating accredited college or universities.
A full fare semester pass used on RAPID/Express service will require an additional payment of $1.65 at the farebox.
A reduced fare semester pass used on RAPID/Express services will require an additional $2.45 paid at the farebox.

Employer-Issued Passes

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Fare increase determined by employer; consult with your organization for details.


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