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 30-Day passes at a discounted rate including:

  • 30-Day Value Pass Income Eligible
  • 30-Day Value Pass Senior (60-64)
  • 30-Day Value Pass Disability

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

Value passes fanned out.


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
  • Valid proof of Medicare card or authorization from a participating social service agency

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

Download Fare Deal Application

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.