All riders age 12 or older pay a full fare unless they qualify for a half fare as a person with a disability. Adults either pay cash or by using any prepaid instrument, such as a ticket, pass or transfer.
Children age 5 and under may ride for free when accompanied by a fare-paying passenger (including senior citizens). A maximum of four children age 5 and under may ride for free with a fare-paying passenger (any additional children age 5 and under will be charged a half fare).
Children ages 6 through 11 pay half fare.
Persons with Disabilities
Individuals with disabilities presenting a disabled person's Medicare card or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare card at the time of fare payment are entitled to ride for half fare at all times. Riders with disabilities may also use a reduced fare ConnectCard loaded with stored cash value or a 10-trip block.
To obtain a Reduced Transit Fare Card application, call 412-442-2000 or call Port Authority's Downtown Service Center at 412-255-1356, located at 534 Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh. The card is issued free of charge, but a physician must sign the application. Riders with disabilities who have a red-white-and-blue Medicare card must apply for the Pennsylvania Reduced Transit Fare Card in person at the Downtown Service Center. The identification card will be mailed directly to their home.
To obtain a reduced fare ConnectCard, please visit Port Authority's Downtown Service Center.
ACCESS is shared ride door-to-door transit, serving primarily senior citizens and persons with disabilities. This service is available by advance reservation and offers transit throughout Port Authority's service area. Fares vary according to eligibility and distance traveled.
In addition to ACCESS, certain individuals may qualify for a special Half-Fare All-Day Identification Card that entitles them to ride Port Authority transit at half fare at all times. Individuals presenting this card are also eligible to be accompanied by one personal assistant for no additional fare charge.
This special identification card is issued by ACCESS to those who are eligible.
For more information, call ACCESS at 412-562-5353.
Find locations where Allegheny County’s seniors can register for free transit passes: Senior Pass Outlets (PDF).
Senior citizens age 65 or over who present a Pennsylvania Senior Citizen ID Card or a Medicare card at the time of fare payment are entitled to ride for free on the bus, T or Mon Incline at all times.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Free Transit Program for Senior Citizens (paid for by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery) sponsors this program and reimburses Port Authority for all senior rides.
Application for the Pennsylvania Senior Citizen ID Card must be made in person at Port Authority's Downtown Service Center at 534 Smithfield Street in Downtown Pittsburgh or at selected Senior Citizen Centers throughout Allegheny County. For the location nearest you, please call 412-442-2000 (TTY 412-231-7007) or view our list of locations (PDF). When applying, you must present one of the following as proof of age:
- Photo driver's license
- Birth certificate
- Armed forces discharge or separation papers
- Baptismal certificate
- PACE ID card
- Passport or naturalization papers
- Pennsylvania ID Card
- A statement of age from the U.S. Social Security Administration
The Senior Citizen ID Card will be mailed directly to your home.
College Students, Staff and Faculty
The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham University are members of Port Authority's U-Pass program. Their students, staff and faculty may ride any bus, T or the Mon Incline within any zone at any time just by using their valid, unexpired university-issued ID card:
Carnegie Mellon University – smart card users should tap ID on farebox or validator, otherwise show ID to operator/fare collector
Chatham University – show ID to operator/fare collector
University of Pittsburgh – tap ID on on farebox or validator
Students, staff and faculty at Carlow University, Everest Institute, Point Park University and Robert Morris University are entitled to a discounted bus, T or Mon Incline fare within Zone 1 during select days/times by showing their valid, unexpired school-issued ID cards. The discounted fare is $1.00 one way and is available during the following times:
- Weekdays after 7 p.m.
- At all times on weekends
- At all times on the following holidays: New Year's Day (observed), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed), Presidents Day (observed), Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day (observed), Labor Day, Columbus Day (observed), Veterans Day (observed), Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (observed)
Law Enforcement/Municipal Employees
The following law enforcement and municipal employees are permitted to ride free when in full uniform:
- City and municipal police, fire and paramedic personnel in full uniform and only within their municipality.
- School crossing guards during regular school hours, in full uniform and only within their specific school district.
- Pennsylvania State Police, Allegheny County Deputy Sheriffs, Housing Authority Police, Allegheny County Jail Guards, Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers, Pittsburgh Public School Police, Allegheny County Deputy Coroners in full uniform.
- Pittsburgh Parking Patrol Officers/Meter Attendants in full uniform and only within their municipality.