Wondering if you may qualify for a discounted bus fare? Read on to discover if you are eligible for a free or reduced bus fare.

Half Fare Program

A Medicare card is sufficient proof for eligibility for the Federal Half Fare Program.

Passengers with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, may be entitled to a Pennsylvania Reduced-Fare Transit Identification Card to ride regular fixed route buses for one-half the regular adult fare. Passengers may bring their Medicare card to a CAT office to receive their identification card. If you do not possess a Medicare card, you may request to have an application mailed to you. A doctor will need to sign the application to verify your disability. Once this is done, you may either mail the completed application to CAT or return it in person and a Reduced Fare Transit Identification Card will be issued to you.

Passengers over 65 may also use their Medicare Card to ride for half fare, however CAT encourages them to apply for the free fare card and ride for free.

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Senior Free Fare Program

Passengers 65 years of age or older ride free on the CAT fixed route bus system. To be eligible for the Free Fare Program, passengers must register with CAT to obtain a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ID Card. To receive the Free Fare ID Card, passengers must bring approved proof of age to a CAT location. An application will be completed and the ID card will be issued immediately. Photocopies of the appropriate proof of age may also be mailed with an application in order to receive the ID card.

The following are Pennsylvania’s approved proof of age documents: Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, Naturalization Papers, Passport, Statement from Social Security Administration, Armed Forces Discharge/Separation Papers, Pennsylvania Identification Card, Photo Motor Vehicle Operator’s License, Resident Alien Card, Pace Card or Veteran’s Universal Access Identification Card.

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Bulk Discounts

Discounts are available to anyone wishing to purchase 25 or more 11 Ride & 31 Day myPass passes. The authorized discounts are as follows:

  • 25-150 Passes: 5% discount
  • 151-299 Passes: 10% discount
  • 300+ Passes: 15% discount

Organizations who purchase passes at a discount can sell them to their employees or students at the reduced cost. 

PLEASE NOTE: Bulk discounts are available for CAT fixed route only. 


Children

Children under 3’8″ (44 inches) ride free when accompanied by a fare paying passenger. When boarding the bus, please see the designated measurement zone at the driver’s area.


Students

There is no student cash fare. Discounted student passes are available for full-time student passengers 17 years of age and under and can only be purchased at the CAT’s main office or CAT’s Strawberry Square office. Proof of age may be required.


College Students

Please check with your individual school for a CAT Pass Program.