Reduced Fares - VIA Metropolitan Transit

Reduced Fares

VIA offers reduced rates on fares and passes for riders who qualify. These discounts are available for:

A VIA Reduced Fare ID or Student ID is required and must be presented when boarding in order to pay reduced fares or use discounted passes (children and active-duty U.S. military in uniform are not required to show ID). A Reduced Fare ID is not required to purchase discount fares and passes but must be presented when boarding the bus. Details on how to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID are included below.

Background

VIA offers student discounts on fares and passes. VIA also offers special semester-long passes just with the students in mind. With these discounts and free WiFi on every bus, you can save money, study for class, and surf the web on your way to or from campus or everywhere else VIA goes.

VIA U-Pass and Semester Pass

VIA’s semester-long passes provide all-you-can-ride benefits and are valid anywhere VIA goes.

Semester Pass

Semester Passes are available at all VIA information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

How do students get their discounts?

  • Students enrolled in Elementary or Middle School can pay reduced fares or use discounted passes when they board the bus without any special ID. However, in order to use a Semester Pass, Elementary and Middle School students must have either a school ID or a free VIA Reduced Fare ID.
  • Students enrolled in local high school, college, university or trade school need to present either a VIA Reduced Fare ID or a current ID provided by their school when boarding the bus.

U-Pass

U-Passes are semester-long passes available through colleges and universities that have opted into the VIA U-Pass program. View information on how students get their U-Pass by participating colleges or universities.

Where can I get a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

Reduced Fare IDs are available at no cost for qualifying students if the school does not provide student IDs. The VIA Reduced Fare IDs are available at VIA Information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

What is required to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

High School Students

  • Proof of registration, or
  • Completed Semester Pass application.

Students enrolled at a local college, university or trade school

  • Proof of registration/enrollment in an accredited college/university degree plan, or trade school curriculum program, and
  • Proof of paid tuition.

In addition to qualifying for reduced rates on fares and passes, seniors age 62 and older only pay 25 cents per trip 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and receive free rides Saturdays and Sundays.

How do seniors get their discounts?

  • Seniors need to present a VIA Reduced Fare I.D. when boarding the bus in order to pay reduced fares or use discounted passes.

What is required to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • Seniors age 62 and older must present a government-issued ID with date of birth (state ID, driver’s license, veteran’s ID, or passport).

Where can I get a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • The VIA Reduced Fare ID is available at any VIA Information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

VIA offers reduced fares and passes for children 5-13 years old. There are no ID requirements to receive these discounts. Children 4 years and under ride free. Children below the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible party.

VIA offers discounts on fares and passes to persons with certain disabilities including veterans.

How do riders with disabilities get their discounts?

  • Riders with certain disabilities including veterans need to present a VIA Reduced Fare I.D. when boarding the bus in order to pay reduced fares or use discounted passes.

Where can I get a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • The VIA Reduced Fare ID is available at any VIA Information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

What is required to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • Persons with certain disabilities can download the Reduced Fare Application or acquire one from VIA’s Information Centers.
  • Veterans who hold a disability rating for aide and attendance, housebound or permanent and total disability rating at the 80-percent level must have written documentation from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying their disability rating.

Active-duty U.S. Military can pay reduced fare or use discounted passes when riding VIA. VIA offers convenient routes that serve destinations throughout the region, including JBSA-Lackland (Route 16) and JBSA-Fort Sam Houston (Route 65) to the USO Downtown.

How do Active-duty U.S. Military get their discounts?

  • To receive VIA discounts, Active-duty U.S. Military can either be in uniform or present a VIA Reduced Fare ID.

What is required to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • In order to receive a VIA Reduced Fare ID, please provide proof of active-duty military status.

Where can I get a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • Reduced Fare IDs are available at no cost for qualifying students if the school does not provide student IDs. The VIA Reduced Fare IDs are available at VIA Information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

VIA offers reduced fares and passes for Medicare recipients with a VIA Reduced Fare ID.

Where can I get a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • The VIA Reduced Fare ID is available at any VIA Information Centers except the Randolph, Ellis Alley or Ingram locations.

What is required to obtain a VIA Reduced Fare ID?

  • Medicare recipients must present a valid Medicare Card and government issued ID.
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