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RTC transit riders are now able to buy bus passes on their phones and show a digital bus pass on the screen to board!  This new technology is a partnership of Token Transit and the RTC, and eliminates the need for paper passes and visiting a ticket vending machine.  Users simply download the free Token Transit app on their Apple phone, and link it to a credit or debit card.  A digital bus pass display is shown to the driver as the passenger gets on board!  Cash fares and traditional bus passes will continue to be accepted in addition to the new digital passes.  To incentivize downloading the new app, the first digital bus pass purchased through Token Transit will be 50 percent off during the initial trial period for the app.  Note: the technology will soon be available for Android users as well.


Fare Reduction Effective July 1, 2013:

• RTC RIDE – Discount Pass fares 7% (Excluding On-Board 24-Hour Pass and 31-Day Disabled Pass)

• RTC SIERRA SPIRIT – Charge 25-cent regular fare, 10-cent reduced fare

• RTC ACCESS on RTC RIDE – Reduce 10-Ride Pass from $5 to $4


RTC INTERCITY Fare Increase effective August 11, 2013. Fare Chart

on RTC RIDE may be paid with cash or passes. Drivers do not carry change. Overypayments are refunded with passes and no cash back is given. In order to avoid paying more than the required fare, please have the exact fare ready when boarding. Transfers are free, valid for 90 minutes, and must be requested when you board the bus and pay your cash fare, or use your 10-ride pass. Pass Vending Machines are located at RTC 4TH STREET STATION (4th and Lake Streets, downtown Reno) and RTC CENTENNIAL PLAZA (Victorian Avenue and 15th Street, downtown Sparks), 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

  • Youth are age 6-18 years and all students with current middle or high school ID
  • Seniors include all persons 65 years of age or over
  • Disabled includes Medicare

Youth, seniors, and people with disabilities may receive discounted fares if valid identification (ID) is presented at time of boarding. RTC RIDE reduced fare ID cards are free (replacement cards cost $5.00 each).

Please print and complete the applications above and visit any of the following locations to obtain your reduced fare ID card: RTC 4TH STREET STATION (4th and Lake Streets, downtown Reno), 7am - 7pm, Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm, Sat; closed Sundays and holidays.

Other acceptable identification includes: driver's license or DMV ID card, Medicare card, student photo ID, identification issued by another transit agency, RTC ACCESS ID card. For more information, please contact RTC Passenger Services at 775-348-RIDE (348-7433, 7am - 7pm, Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm, Sat; closed Sunday and holidays).

Paying at the Farebox

The RTC RIDE farebox is designed for customer convenience and to validate the payment of a fare. Passes can be either inserted at the top left (see above diagram) or swiped through at the top right. Primarily, there are two ways in order for a passenger to pay his/her fare through the farebox:

  1.  Payment with Cash
    1. Cash can be accepted into the slot on the left side of the farebox.
    2. Coins can be inserted into the coin trap above the cash slot.
    3. Exact change must be used as the farebox does not produce change, nor does the driver.
  2. Payment with a Pass
    1. The pass is inserted into the reader located to the right of the coin/cash receptacles. The pass should be inserted with the front of the pass facing the passenger and the top of the pass facing upward.
    2. Insert the pass. The farebox will read it to verify it is a valid pass and then return it back out for the customer to redeem.
    3. A variety of passes are available. See the pass section of the site for more info.