Reduced Fare ID Card program

The Reduced Fare ID (RFID) Card enables eligible riders to receive a half-price fare. The card costs $3 and is good for 2 years.

The following groups are eligible for this card:

Eligible riders must have the RFID Card with them in order to receive the reduced fare. Lost, stolen or damaged cards cost $3 to replace for the first 2 replacements. The 3rd replacement costs $6. You can replace your card at the Transit Store.

Kids 6-18 ride free with their school ID. They can obtain a CapMetro Student ID at the Transit Store.

How to apply

There are several ways to get an application for an RFID Card:

Apply online

How to use your RFID Card to board the bus

To use your RFID Card:

1. Tap the RFID on the target area of the farebox. Be prepared to show your ID to the bus operator, if requested.

2. If purchasing a day pass, tell the driver before you insert exact cash fare or pay with a Stored Value Card. If you already have a pass, swipe your pass through the card reader.

How to renew your RFID card

RFID cards must be renewed every two years. Please stop by the Transit Store to take an updated photo for the card weekdays between 8:30a.m. and 4:30p.m. - no appointment is necessary. Renewal processing is available online only for Seniors, Medicare card holders, students and Active or Reserve Military personnel not in uniform. All others must come to the Transit Store to renew their Reduced Fare ID card.

Questions? Call our Customer Service GO Line at 512-474-1200 or email us at

Senior Transit Service Options

The following senior transportation solutions are provided in Austin and surrounding areas (CapMetro doesn't operate all services listed):

  1. Reduced Fare ID: Half price fare on all services for those aged 65 or older
  2. Pickup: Low cost, on-demand rides within select neighborhoods
  3. CARTS: Public transit in rural areas surrounding Austin
  4. Senior Rider's Guide: Helpful guidelines and resources from the Office of Mobility Management
  5. Senior Transportation from PARD: The City of Austin provides donation-based rides to seniors.

Reminder: All CapMetro services are wheelchair and scooter accessible. Our operators are trained to get you there safely and securely.