Q: Is there a fare increase coming?
A: No, fares remain the same. The base fare for a single-ride on local routes is still $1.50. You can still pay with exact change.
Q: Can I pay with cash and coin?
A: Yes. Both fareboxes and Pulse ticket vending machines accept cash and coin payment.
Q: Can I pay with my smart phone?
A: Yes! Download GRTC's Mobile Pass app.
Q: What is a "tap pass?"
A: A tap pass is any fare media card that is tapped on a target reader area on a farebox or ticket vending machine, which reads the chip inside the pass and validates the pass. The customer simply taps the pass at the reader, and done! The target reader on the GRTC farebox is the oval on the top right. GRTC is upgrading most fare media to this tap technology in 2018. Here is an example of a smart tap pass:
The new smart icon )))) indicates the pass is tapped at the Farebox instead of swiped or inserted. These tap passes are simply tapped at this part )))) of the farebox:
Do not insert or swipe a tap pass at the farebox. Simply tap )))) and go!
Q: With the new tap passes and other technology upgrades, are there changes to the fare structure or passes offered?
A: No. There is no change to the fares or passes offered. Passes purchased from the farebox will still be mag-stripe passes. Simply swipe your pass at fareboxes and ride! Passes purchased from Pulse ticket vending machines, the online transit store, or area vendors will be tap passes. Simply tap your pass and go!
Q: My employer provided $10 Go Cards for me to ride to/from work. What are my options now?
A: There are several options (of the same cost) available to employers and their employees! The best program available is our e-pass (employee pass) program, where your employer signs up to provide this transit benefit to you. This pass enables you to ride to/from work with this e-pass, and your employer can track your usage. Ask your employer to consider the e-pass program and contact RideFinders to learn more!
Another option available to employers is to purchase the pass you need to get to/from work. For example, if you ride a local bus with a connection to/from work today, then the One Ride Plus pass is what you should ask your employer to purchase and provide for you. Make sure your employer knows how you ride so they can purchase the right pass for you.
Q: I am an 82X rider. What are my payment options effective December 31, 2017?
A: The Chesterfield 82X fare is $6.00 per ride, and exact fare is required, just like on any other GRTC route. There are a couple of options available to you.
You can purchase One Ride or 7 Day Unlimited Ride passes for the Chesterfield Express online or through RideFinders.
Or, you can sign up through your employer for the e-pass (employee pass) program. This pass enables you to ride to/from work with this e-pass, and your employer can track your usage. Ask your employer to consider the e-pass program and contact RideFinders to learn more!
Q: I have a transit subsidy credit card provided by my employer. What can I buy with this credit card?
A: This special credit card is accepted at RideFinders and GRTC's Online Transit Store to purchase any of our fare media, such as One Ride Passes, One Ride Plus Passes, and our Unlimited Ride Passes (Day, 7 Day, 30 Day).
Q: Can fareboxes issue a receipt or proof of payment?
A: No. Fareboxes only issue fare media.
Q: What is a refund slip?
A: If there is a farebox mechanical issue, GRTC can issue customers refund slips to remedy any lost fare resulting from a farebox issue. Refund slips are processed to the customer by mail from GRTC. Only GRTC is authorized to issue refunds.
Q: When did Transfer Tickets go away?
A: November 15, 2015. If you only ride one-way on two buses, there is an equivalent pass just for you called the “One Ride Plus Pass” for $1.75 (fare based on $1.50 ride + $0.25 old transfer). This allows you to purchase a ride going to your destination on one bus, then connect onto your next bus within 90 minutes to continue your trip. If you are a reduced fare customer, ask your operator for a Reduced One Ride Pass. You get a free connection onto another bus!
Q: What if I forget to tell my bus operator I want to buy a One Ride Plus Pass before I put in my $1.50 cash and then try to put in $0.25?
A: If you insert cash and forget to tell your operator you want to “connect” onto another bus to complete your one-trip, the farebox will only issue you a One Ride Pass ($1.50).
Q: So after telling my operator I want a One Ride Plus Pass, how much cash do I need to put in at once?
Q: What if I don't have exact change and overpay?
A: GRTC's fare policy is for exact fare upon boarding. Fareboxes do not issue change. Ticket Vending Machines do issue change.
Q: What if my commute requires two or more buses one-way? How much is my trip, effective November 15, 2015?
A: You can still choose to pay $1.50 + $1.50 + $1.50 and so on. However, if you only ride one-way on two buses, there is a special pass just for you called the “One Ride Plus Pass” for $1.75. This allows you to purchase a ride going to your destination on one bus, then connect onto your next bus to continue your trip. This pass can be purchased at the Farebox or at retail locations.
If you ride multiple trips in a day and make multiple connections, we suggest using the unlimited ride bus pass that will give you better value! For a one-day unlimited ride pass, the cost is $3.50. You can hop on and off busses as often as you want, no transfer tickets needed, during that transit day (which ends at 3AM). This provides more value to riders. It is “cost-neutral” to riders and “revenue-neutral” to GRTC.
Q: How long is a one-day pass valid?
A: It is valid from the first time you activate it on a date, until the end of that transit day. I.e., this is not a complete 24-hour period like 7AM-7AM. A transit day ends at 3AM.
Q: What if my pass is damaged or won't read correctly when swiped?
A: On the back of the pass, the end date and time for that pass will be printed. Simply show the expiration date/time to your bus operator to validate that the pass is still active. If your pass is damaged beyond legibility, you may surrender the pass to the bus operator and receive a refund slip. If your pass will not initally activate correctly, please surrender your pass to the bus operator to receive a refund slip.
Q: How did you decide to charge $3.50 for the unlimited one-day pass?
A: If you ride one-way on two buses with a connection, the cost is $1.50+$0.25=$1.75. When you add in your identical return trip, your total daily commute cost is $3.50. This is called “cost-neutral.” However, the unlimited ride one-day pass allows you to ride more than just to and from your destination in a day! You can make stops at the grocery store after work, and then continue home, without paying more.
Q: What other unlimited ride passes are available, effective November 15, 2015?
A: Unlimited 7-Day pass and an unlimited 30-day pass.
Q: Can I share my bus pass with someone else riding with me?
A: No. Passes are non-transferrable.
Q: Can I share my GRTC ID with someone else?
A: No. GRTC IDs are not transferable and may be deactivated if misused.
Q: How do I buy reduced fare passes? (Senior, Disabled, Medicare, Minor)
A: Eligible customers can purchase the Local Reduced Day Pass on the farebox after a customer shows a photo ID card with proof of age for operator verification (this is the same process as today). The 7-day and 30-day reduced passes will not be for sale on the farebox. The three options of the Day, 7-day and 30-day reduced passes will NOT be for sale in stores (as those vendors will not be responsible for verifying eligibility), nor will it be available in the Mobile Pay App. Customers wishing to purchase reduced fare passes can order by mail (PDF here) or contact the GRTC Eligibility Coordinator to receive assistance. This is a secure method of verification to ensure that “fare is fair” for all of our customers. Learn more about GRTC's Reduced Fare Program.
Q: What are the age definitions?
A: A “Minor” is a person between the ages of 6 through 18 years. Kids age 5 and younger ride for FREE with one paying passenger. A “Senior” is 65 years of age or older.
Q: What are the fares for children aged 5 and younger?
A: One Child 5 years of age or younger rides for FREE when accompanied with a fare-paying passenger. An additional Child 5 years of age or younger can ride for a Reduced Fare with a Photo ID card with proof of age.
Q: Are reduced fares available for express routes?
A: No. Reduced fares are only available for local routes.
Q: Will credit/debit cards be accepted on the new fareboxes to buy fare passes?
A: Not at this time. This is for your customer information security! Ticket Vending Machines do accept credit/debit cards.
Q: Where & when can I buy fare passes?
A: At local vendors, in the online Transit Store, on GRTC's Mobile Pass app, at Pulse Ticket Vending Machines, and on bus fareboxes (they will sell the unlimited one-day and 7-day passes onboard).
Q: How do I activate an unlimited ride pass on the electronic farebox?
A: Upon first use, tap the unlimited ride pass on the upper right smart reader. This will activate the clock on the pass. Upon subsequent uses, tap the unlimited ride pass on the upper right smart reader. It will work either way the pass faces you.
Q: How much does it cost to purchase bus tickets and passes through the online Transit Store?
A: Standard Shipping & Handling is $2.50. Confirmed Delivery Shipping & Handling is $8.60.
Q: When could SmartCards be sold? (Those have a chip in them, you tap the card in the blue oval on the farebox, and they are reloadable)
A: We are currently researching SmartCard options, and may be ready to release them in 2019.
Q: Will the fareboxes accept the Senior, Disabled & ADA CARE GRTC ID Cards?
A: Yes, nothing changes. Please be aware that when a Reduced customer used their “Reduced” pass, a Photo ID card with proof of age is required for buying and boarding.
Q: What about the free transfers cards provided to some agencies. Will the fareboxes accept those cards ?
A: No, GRTC stopped providing and accepting those old transfer cards in 2015.
Interacting with the Farebox: