Last Updated: February 26, 2013
The number of people riding the public transit system in the Phoenix area continues to grow. It isn't just because our population is still growing. As the price of gasoline becomes a significant factor in our budgets, and as the quality of valley air impacts our quality of life, people are changing their transportation habits. That means they are using more public transportation.
Valley Metro is the name of the regional transit system in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It is comprised of:
- METRO light rail
- Local, Express and RAPID commuter bus service
- Neighborhood circulators
- Vanpool service
- Online carpool matching system
- Assistance to local businesses to help them meet the Maricopa County trip reduction goals
How Much Is the METRO Fare?
If you ride the METRO or bus regularly, or you need to take more than one public transportation vehicle (combination of bus and rail) to get to your destination, you'll probably find that one of the following passes is the most economical:
All Day Pass ($4) - Can be purchased at any METRO station and can be used all day, from rail to rail or from bus to rail and back again. These work best if you typically don't ride the METRO, but you will be doing so one or two days per month for special trips.
7, 15 and 31 Day Local Passes - 7, 15 and 31 Day Local Passes - Your multiple-day local pass will be valid for 7, 15 or 31 consecutive days after activation. They are activated on first use, not when you buy them. The 7-day passes are great for your visiting relatives, or if you are attending a class just this week, or your car will be in the shop for a few days. Days are defined as consecutive days, not business days. Seniors, youths, and the disabled receive reduced fares.
How Do I Buy METRO Tickets and Passes?
- Purchase your fare online
- Purchase your fare at transit centers or retail locations
- Purchase your pass at the METRO station. Credit cards or cash are accepted.
- A 1-ride fare purchased at a METRO vending machine is good only for light rail. It can't be used on a bus.
- The 1-ride fare receipt is valid for two hours and only for use in one travel direction.
Reduced fares for local service are available to youths ages 6-18, seniors 65 and over, and persons with a disability. Children 5 and younger may ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ages 6 - 18 who can prove Tempe residency can ride for free all year long.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.