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Overview

Beginning December 10, 2022, fares for all routes will be the same—you can ride up to 2 hours systemwide for only $2. Discount fare is $1 for up to 2 hours systemwide.

 

Transfers
If you need to transfer and are paying with cash or a GoPass, request a 2-hour pass from your driver when boarding your first bus.

If you are paying with a contactless payment method, simply tap it on the contactless payment reader on each bus you board and you will only be charged $2 no matter how many times you tap and transfer within that 2-hour window.

 

Fares when paying with cash, a GoPass, or a GoCard

Single Ride
(2 hours)
Cash or GoCard
Daily GoPass (Expires 2:00 AM)Weekly GoPass
(7 Days)
Monthly GoPass
(31 Days)
Fixed Route Regular Fare$2.00$6.00$20.00$70.00
Fixed Route Discount Fare$1.00$3.00$10.00$35.00

 

Fares when paying with a contactless payment method

Single Ride
(2 hours)
Daily CapWeekly CapMonthly Cap
Fixed Route Regular Fare$2.00$6.00$20.00$70.00
Fixed Route Discount Fare$1.00$3.00$10.00$35.00

 

Discount Eligibility

Discount fare for:

  • 18 years and under
  • 65 years and older (see also: Benefits)
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Medicare Card holders
  • Veterans (see also: Benefits), Veteran’s spouse/caregiver
  • MST RIDES Paratransit Eligibility card holders
  • Special Humanitarian Parole

Proof of age, an MST Courtesy Card (English application / Spanish application) or Medicare Card is required upon boarding. MST also honors discount courtesy cards issued by other transit systems.

Veterans may obtain an MST Courtesy Card (English application / Spanish application) with the following proof of service:

  • DD Form 214
  • DD Form 256N
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars ID card
  • Membership card from the American Legion
  • Disabled American Veterans ID card
  • CA driver license or ID card with “veteran” designation”

Contactless payment methods, cash, GoPasses, and GoCards can be used on all fixed route MST buses. Please have your payment ready when you board. The coach operator may ask to see proof of eligibility for a discounted fare (Individuals 18 years and under, 65 years and older, individuals with disabilities, and Medicare Card holders).

GoPasses and GoCards can be purchased directly from MST, online, by phone or in person any MST customer service location. GoPasses may also be purchased at pass outlets throughout the county. See the pass outlets page for specific locations.

Contactless Payment Methods

MST now accepts Visa and Mastercard contactless-enabled bank cards and mobile wallets. At this time, accepted mobile wallets include: Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and Fitbit Pay. For more information, visit our Contactless Fare Payment Fast Facts and FAQs.

Cash

Cash is inserted into the farebox. Exact fare is not required. If you do not have exact fare the farebox will issue credit for use on future MST trips.

GoPasses

GoPasses are non-refundable and are available in monthly, weekly and daily options. The first time you use your GoPass, remember to insert it in the slot on the top left of the farebox with the front side of the pass facing you. This will activate your pass and print the dates the pass is valid so you will know when it is time to purchase a new one. After inserting the pass the first time you use it, the pass is swiped through the magnetic strip reader slot when boarding on subsequent trips.

GoCard

The GoCard is a stored value card. Passengers can add value to their card at any time by visiting an MST customer service location and use it like a debit card when riding the bus. The GoCard allows for speedy boarding. Simply tap your card on the farebox below the digital screen and the appropriate fare will be deducted. Plus passengers receive an additional 10% value each time the card is reloaded! For example, load your card with $20 and receive $22 value on your GoCard. Use the card when you need it, save the value when you don’t. $10 minimum purchase required.

Courtesy Cards

Courtesy Cards are available to all disabled individuals free of charge with a physician’s written verification or a Medicare Card. Use the card for discounted fares and passes as proof of eligibility. Obtain an application in person at the MST Bus Stop Shop, 201 Pearl Street in Monterey, Marina Transit Exchange, 280 Reservation Road in Marina, Salinas Transit Center, 110 Salinas Street in Salinas, or here (English application / Spanish application).

 

College Students

Hartnell students ride FREE on all routes with a valid photo student ID during the Fall and Spring semesters.

MPC students ride FREE on all routes with a valid photo student ID during the Fall and Spring semesters.

CSUMB students ride FREE on all routes with a valid photo student ID during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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1-888-MST-BUS1
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MST Bus Stop Shop
201 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Salinas Transit Center
110 Salinas Street
Salinas, CA 93901

Marina Transit Exchange
280 Reservation Road
Marina, CA 93933

Mobility Services Center
15 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Hours by appointment only.

Administrative Offices
19 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Suite 200
Monterey, CA 93940