TheRide offers discounts for eligible individuals on select transportation services. Eligibility may be based on age, income, or disability. TheRide also works with local businesses to offer employer-sponsored programs.

Reduced Fare Cards

Fare Deal

Fare Deal Cards allow eligible individuals to ride fixed-route buses at a reduced rate.

Card holders can also purchase 1-Day, Half-Fare 1-Day, and 30-Day passes at a discounted rate.

To receive your discount, please show your Reduced Fare Card to your bus driver when you board.


Eligibility is based on income, age, or disability. To apply for a Fare Deal Card, please submit a completed application in person at TheRide's main office.

You will need to bring the following documentation:

  • A valid state ID card or valid drivers license
  • A Medicaid card
  • Valid proof of Medicare card or authorization from a participating social service agency

For additional information, please call 734-973-6500.

Student Services

TheRide works closely with academic institutions in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Area to create sponsored programs for students, faculty, and staff.

Higher Education

The following institutions offer sponsored fares on TheRide's fixed-route buses.

  • University of Michigan
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Washtenaw Community College

Learn more about sponsored fares


All K-12 students are eligible for half-fare bus rides, youth passes, and tokens with a valid student I.D. Children 5 years of age and younger ride for free.

Learn more about K-12 discounts

Commuter Services

TheRide supports the getDowntown program, which provides commuting incentives for people working in downtown Ann Arbor.


With go!pass, eligible employees can ride any of TheRide's fixed-route buses. They also receive discounts on other select commuter services offered through TheRide.

Visit getDowntown for details

A go!pass card holder swipes their card into the fare box as they board.