Metropass - discounted staff/faculty unlimited transit pass

Order a Metropass
The buspass system is unavailable from 1-5 am nightly (server maintenance).

Lost your Metropass? Request a replacement.

  • Unlimited rides – 24/7
  • Valid until you cancel
  • Good on all regular route bus lines and light rail
    • Additional fare may be needed for Northstar #888
      • Stored value MUST be added to Metropass to cover the difference in fare between the $3.25 that Metropass covers and the actual fare price
      • Without stored value added to Metropass, the reader will not accept Metropass and the rider has to pay full fare
  • Qualifies you for the Guaranteed Ride Home program
  • Cost is $83 per month (as of October 2017)
  • Charges are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis Contract Payment Schedule  (in some cases, pass holders will be billed for their pass on a quarterly basis)
    • For employees paid over a nine-month period, the annual rate is divided among pay periods from mid-September through early-June.  Contact to set up this deduction schedule for your Metropass contract.
Eligibility — Staff/faculty must:
  • Be on the University of Minnesota payroll
  • Work at least 20 hours a week
  • Possess a valid U Card

How to Use a Bus Pass


Passes can be picked up at the PTS main office (Room 300, Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE) or mailed. You’ll be notified via e-mail when the pass is ready.

Damaged, Lost or Stolen Passes

Fill out the online form to obtain a replacement pass. You will receive an e-mail when it is ready. Replacements can be picked up at the PTS main office (Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE, 3rd floor).

Customers requesting a replacement for a lost or stolen pass will be assessed a $7 fee. Damaged passes will be exchanged for a new one. If you have questions, call 612-626-7275 or e-mail

How to Cancel a Bus Pass

DURING COVID - Email to request a cancellation with your name and employee ID number.  You may receive a prorated refund for service not consumed about 4-6 weeks after cancellation. Note: you can repurchase your Metropass anytime after this crisis passes. 

Cancellation — Passes can be cancelled at any time. Cancel your Metropass by mailing or dropping it off to our office (NOT AVAILABLE DURING COVID), including a signed sheet of paper with the requested effective date of cancel, your name, employee ID number, and signature. If you cancel, you must wait 60 days before you are eligible again.

Payroll deductions will continue until we receive the buspass and letter. If you leave the University without turning in your pass, you will be billed for its street value until the contract is terminated in our system.

Pick Up Your Pass

Here's a quick tip for you!

The fastest way to get your new Metropass is to pick it up at the Transportation & Safety Building on the East Bank campus.

Watch your email for a message telling you it's ready for pick-up.

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