In most cases, riders should pay upon boarding when heading inbound (toward Downtown Pittsburgh) and upon exiting when heading outbound (away from Downtown Pittsburgh). This helps to ensure that riders board and depart vehicles quickly.
After 7 p.m., bus riders pay as they board, regardless of direction or location.
Port Authority operators and off-board fare collectors do not carry change nor do they make change. Riders must pay with exact fare. All cash and coins must be deposited in the farebox by the rider. Our fareboxes accept bills up to $20 (excluding $2 bills) and all coins except for pennies and 50-cent coins.
Riders using tickets and transfers should hand them to the operator or fare collector.
Riders using passes or ID cards (such as senior citizens or students/staff in our university pass program) should show their pass, except for ConnectCard users and university smart card users, who should tap their cards on the orange pad on the farebox.
All persons determined to be using fraudulent fare instruments will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.