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New Fare Structure to Begin May 4, 2022

Changes will lead into the launch of MATBUS Connect

04/19/2022

Beginning May 4, 2022, MATBUS will be launching its new MATBUS Connect fare structure, which includes new monthly rates and Pay As You Go / Fare Capping features. These changes, described in detail below, were approved by the City of Moorhead on November 22, 2021, and the City of Fargo on November 29, 2021.

Key Points

  • Base fare remains the same.
  • While monthly pricing is increasing slightly, the monthly cycle is also increasing from 30 to 31 days.
  • New Pay As You Go feature gives you freedom in choosing the amount you want to load to your account/card (minimum $5.00).
  • Fare Capping prevents overpaying, since it limits how many rides you pay for in a daily or monthly time period.

To view a PDF that highlights the changes between the the current and upcoming fare structure, click the link below.

Current and Proposed Fare Structure Table

MATBUS - Fixed Routes

Base fare:
The base fare is to remain at the current rate of $1.50 for adults and $0.75 for elderly (age 60 and older), youth (K-12th grade) and persons with disabilities (including Medicare card holders). For cash payment, a paper transfer ticket will be issued by the driver on request at the time of payment. Transfers will be valid for 90 minutes rather than the current 60 minutes.

Multi-Day Passes:
Passes will no longer be sold for 14-day, 30-day and 90-day periods. The 1-day pass will continue to be sold on-board the bus for $5.00 cash.

Ride Passes:
10-ride passes will no longer be sold. 1-ride paper tickets in packets of 20 will continue to be sold, but only to approved agencies and may be discontinued in the future.

Introducing MATBUS Connect:
MATBUS will introduce “Connect”, a new account-based system. Passengers set up an account and load funds in advance onto either their smartcard or mobile phone app. With the Connect program, the passenger uses “Pay as You Go,” where the cost for one ride is deducted each time you ride. Pay as You Go removes the barrier of high upfront costs for multi-day passes. With Connect, passengers who ride frequently will earn free rides when their spending reaches a certain threshold -- this is called “fare capping.” Passengers will never pay more than $3.00 a day. After spending $3.00 in one day, all future rides for the day are free.

Adult passengers will never pay more than $42.00 in 31 days with fare capping. Discount passenger (elderly and persons with disabilities) will be capped at $27.00 in 31 days. Youth rides will be capped at $27.00 in a 90-day period. Paper transfer tickets will not be needed with Connect. The ride payment is valid for 90 minutes to make transfers between routes easier. A minimum amount of $5.00 is required when loading money to your account. The initial smartcard is free, but the replacement card fee will be $5.00.

Downtown and Sanford Passes:
These two passes are currently part of a promotion to encourage transit use in the downtown area. The pass would be renamed “Business Pass” and be available for purchase by employers for their employees at the rate of $27.00 for 31 days. This is a change from the current fare of $22.50 for 30 days.

Semester Pass:
This pass is currently offered as a promotional fare to faculty and staff at U-Pass participating colleges, and to students of colleges not participating in the U-Pass program. Currently, the pass is valid for specific dates based on semester class schedules. The fare price would change from $45.00 to $60.00 and be valid for a period of 120 consecutive calendar days from initial use.

Free Rides:
There will be no change to free rides currently offered to children (age birth to preschool) with an adult, a Personal Care Attendant to a person with disabilities, and veterans with disabilities.

MAT Paratransit

Base fare:
The base fare is to remain at the current rate of $3.00 for persons with disabilities certified as ADA Paratransit Eligible. Exact change is no longer required; a paper “change card” will be issued for use on future rides. Coupon books will continue to be sold in advance for those passengers without access to computers or credit cards, but may be discontinued in the future for other fare options.

Introducing Paratransit Connect:
The new Paratransit Connect system will be available for loading funds onto a smartcard or the mobile phone app. A minimum amount of $5.00 is required when loading money to your account. Under Pay as You Go, $3.00 will be deducted from your account each time you ride. Pay as You Go removes the barrier of high upfront costs. Fare capping does not apply to MAT Paratransit. The initial smartcard is free, but the replacement card fee will be $5.00.

Sunday Fare:
For passengers certified as ADA Paratransit eligible, the Sunday fare will remain at $3.00. A new rate is being established for the general public who wish to ride on MAT Paratransit on Sundays at the rate of $25.00 per ride.