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If the bus you are riding doesn't go to your final destination, then you may transfer to another bus. Transfers are free and valid for 90minutes on any route. Transfers must be requested when paying your fare. If you're not sure where or how to transfer, just ask your driver for help.

Take the bus to a transfer point, or to where two routes meet. Wait for your connecting bus at the appropriate bus stop or shelter (see system map or individual route maps). If you are using a valid 24-hour, 7-day and 31-day pass, you do not need a transfer.

Limitations on Transfers

  • Transfer requests must be made when paying your fare.
  • Transfers may be used to continue your trip on any route.
  • To transfer between buses at an intersection, exit the bus and wait for the connecting bus at the appropriate bus stop. Insert your valid transfer into the farebox when boarding the bus to continue your trip.
  • The farebox will time and date stamp the transfer, identify the expiration time as well as the route the transfer was issued on.
  • Transfers are good for 90 minutes from the time they are issued.
  • Valid 24-hour, 7-day, and 31-day pass holders do not require a transfer.
  • The farebox will only accept valid transfers. If your transfer is invalid, a full fare is required to ride on that particular bus.
  • In the event the farebox cannot read a transfer due to damage, it is up to the driver's discretion to allow the boarding.

Flow-Through Routes

Some RTC RIDE routes flow through or change from one route to another route. For example, you can get on a Route 11 bus outbound, ride it to RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA where it changes to a Route 21 bus, and continue to ride to East Sparks without transferring. These are called "flow-through" routes. They are shown on the schedule in the two outside columns ("Comes from Route" and "Changes to Route").