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November 29 4:00 PM

Route 5

bus 708 22 down due to traffic.

September 23 1:00 AM

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September 23 1:00 AM

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Bus Fare & Passes

The pricing listed below is for fixed-route and VRT OnDemand bus service.
A youth is someone who is between the ages of 6-18.
A senior is someone who is 65 years old or older.

Fare Type Cost Where To Buy
One-Way (Single Route) $1.50  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
All-Day Pass $2.50  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
31-Day Pass $42  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
One Year Pass $282  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
Fare Type Cost Where To Buy
One-Way (Single Route) $4.50  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
All-Day Pass $7.50  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
31-Day Pass $90  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
One Year Pass $594  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
Fare Type Cost Where To Buy
One-Way (Single Route) $0.75  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
All-Day Pass $1.25  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
31-Day Pass $21  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
One Year Pass $282  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
Fare Type Cost Where To Buy
One-Way (Single Route) $2.25  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
All-Day Pass $3.75  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
31-Day Pass $45  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers
One Year Pass $594  On The bus  On Mobile App  At Stations  At Other Pass Retailers

VRT offers ACCESS, a paratransit service, for users who are unable to use the fixed route service.

Pay on the Bus

As soon as you step on-board, there will be a machine to purchase a one-way or all-day pass. Plan to have exact change with cash or coins on-hand. The buses do not accept debit or credit cards. You may also purchase a mobile ticket through the app, or use a Stored Value card to purchase a pass on the bus.

To ensure accurate ridership counts, every passenger boarding the bus must use some form of payment (cash, stored value, one-day or longer pass). If you are scheduling a large outing or field trip and plan to ride the bus, each passenger must use one of these payment options. One-day passes can be purchased on the bus in separate transactions or bought in advance from our Help Desk at 208-345-7433.

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    Mobile App

    Purchase any pass in the Umo Mobility app. Both local and universal fares are available for youth and adult riders.

    To pay with the app, open the QR code in the wallet section of the app and hold the code in front of the Umo/City Go scanner until it briefly flashes green.

    AVAILABLE FARES (Both fixed-route and VRT OnDemand):

    • One-way ride
    • All-day pass
    • 31-day pass
    • One-year pass
  • Cash or Coin Icon

    Cash or Coin

    Exact change is best. Change is given on a change card. Change cards can be used like a Stored Value Card on board.

    USE ON BOARD FOR:

    • One-way ride
    • All-day pass
  • City Go Smart Card Icon

    City Go Smartcard

    Don’t want to use your phone to pay? No problem. Simply request a City Go Smartcard at a Valley Regional Transit customer service window (see locations), then load it through the Umo Passenger Portal, and pay for rides with a tap. Learn more on the City Go Wallet website.

    USE ON BOARD FOR:

    • One-way ride
    • All-day pass
  • Stored Value Card Icon

    Stored Value Card

    Save money with a preloaded card to use for on-board fares and passes. Stored value cards can be purchased at VRT Stations and Offices and other pass retailers. Get a $13.50 value card for $10 dollars, or a $27 value card for $20.

    USE ON BOARD FOR:

    • One-way ride
    • All-day pass

Plan. Track. Pay.

Umo Mobility App

Passes

Passes can be purchased in advance to ride fixed-route and on-demand buses. Transit passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Local passes are good for fixed-line bus service in Boise/Garden City (Routes 1-29), VRT OnDemand service in Nampa/Caldwell (Route 150), and the #42 Nampa/Meridian Limited Stop. Universal passes are good for all bus services (Routes 1-29, 40-45, 150). All passes (except for the one-year pass) will expire one year from the day of purchase, if not used. Once activated, the day passes will expire by midnight of that day, and the month passes will expire 31 days after activation.

You can use a credit/debit card to make pass purchases at Main Street Station, the Happy Day Transit Center and the Valley Regional Transit administrative offices in downtown Meridian. Cash is only accepted at the VRT administrative offices in Meridian. Please note that Help Desk staff in Meridian cannot make change.

  • One day pass

    All-Day Pass

    Ride any bus, all day long. Choose an all-day pass if you plan to transfer to another route, or ride more than one bus within a day.

    AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE:

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    31-Day Pass

    These can be purchased at our stations and offices, as well as most Albertsons stores in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the Caldwell store at 2500 Blaine. They can also be found at the WinCo stores in Eagle and Boise.

    AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE:

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    One-Year Pass

    One-year passes can be purchased at the VRT Meridian office, Main Street Station, Happy Day Transit Center, or on the Umo Mobility App. If you want to purchase a one-year pass, we need to take your photograph for the heavy-duty plastic card.

    AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE HERE:

Where to Buy

There’s a lot of complexity in running a public transit system, but we try to simplify the travel experience as much as possible while we get you from point A to point B. Here are a few things riders should know about how fares can be paid at each location.

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    On-Board the Bus

    Riders pay for their fare at a fare box upon entering the bus. Insert your cash or change in the top of the machine and tell the driver what type of fare or pass you’d like to purchase—a one-way ride or an all-day pass. If you don’t know, ask!

    Exact change is best. Our machines don’t give change. They dispense a change card in the amount of the remaining total. Change cards can be used like a Stored Value Card on board.

    Make sure to tell your driver if you qualify for discounted fare or you need a Universal pass. See which routes require universal fare (certain routes going between Ada and Canyon counties).

    You can also purchase your bus fare or passes on the Umo Mobility mobile ticketing app.

     

    WHAT YOU CAN PURCHASE HERE:

    • One-way ride
    • All-day pass

     

    PAYMENT METHODS:

    cash payment method
    Cash Accepted
    cards payment method
    Debit and Credit Cards Not Accepted

     

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    VRT Stations and Offices

    You can only use a credit/debit card to make pass purchases at Main Street Station and the Happy Day Transit Center. The  Valley Regional Transit administrative offices in downtown Meridian accepts credit/debit cards and cash for pass purchases. Please note that Help Desk staff in Meridian cannot make change.

    See Locations

     

    WHAT YOU CAN PURCHASE HERE:

    • One-way ride
    • 31-day pass
    • Stored value cards

     

    PAYMENT METHODS:

    cash payment method
    Cash Acceptance Varies By Location
    cards payment method
    Debit and Credit Cards Accepted

     

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    Other Pass Retailers

    Riders may purchase passes at select locations not operated by Valley Regional Transit.

     

    WHAT YOU CAN PURCHASE HERE:

    • 31-day pass
    • Stored value cards

     

    PAYMENT METHODS:

    cash payment method
    Cash Acceptance Varies By Location
    cards payment method
    Debit and Credit Cards Accepted

     

Boise bus driver helps with paying fare

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