Reduced fare programs can save money for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and youths. With a Reduced Farecard or a Medicare Card, qualifying persons can ride all regular service at a reduced fare. Simply show or swipe your Reduced Farecard or Medicare Card and pay the reduced fare. The 31-Day Passes may also be purchased at a reduced rate. Both the Reduced Farecard and the 31-Day Pass must be shown to the driver when boarding.
Medicare Card Holders are not required to have a Reduced Farecard to ride Metro buses at a reduced rate. However, if you prefer to use a Metro Reduced Farecard rather than your Medicare Card, simply fill out the appropriate application and attach a copy of your Medicare Card. (Note that State Medicaid does not qualify as Medicare.)
Programs vary slightly throughout the region, so see below for details and application forms.
Senior Citizens (renew every three years for $1.)
Call (816) 221-0660 to request the appropriate application, or download the appropriate application in PDF format. Agencies that serve persons with disabilities may fill out an Application for Certifying Agency Status for their clients.
Reduced Farecard Applications
Senior - Application in English (PDF) - Application in Spanish (PDF)
Youth - Application in English (PDF) - Application in Spanish (PDF)
Persons with Disabilities - Application in English (PDF) - Application in Spanish (PDF)
Replacement Cards: In the event a card gets lost or stolen, a replacement card will cost $5 the first time, $10 the second time and $15 the third time. A fourth replacement card will not be issued. The individual may reapply after the expiration date shown on the front of the card. Lost or stolen cards must be reported to KCATA immediately by calling (816) 346-0265. Mutilated cards should be brought to KCATA's general offices. All parts must be returned for a replacement. The replacement will not count as one of the three allowable replacements. KCATA reserves the right to confiscate a reduced farecard that has been used improperly. Reduced farecards should not be loaned or borrowed. A confiscated card will not be returned or replaced. The individual may reapply after the expiration date shown on the front of the card.
Proof of Eligibility
Please do not mail any original form of identification, only mail a copy.
Senior Citizens and Youth: Provide a copy of your birth certificate, driver's license, or passport.
Persons with Disabilities: Your physician or one of KCATA's certifying agencies must complete the back of the Reduced Farecard application. Or provide a copy of your Medicare Card. SSI recipients must attach an award letter dated within the past two years.
Riders who qualify must complete the appropriate application OR show bus driver proof of age or disability.
Accepted forms of proof are:
Seniors 65 and older – driver’s license, Medicare card, Metro reduced farecard or JCT Special Edition ID card - Application
Youth 6-17 – student ID, Medicaid card, Metro reduced fare card or JCT Special Edition ID card - Application. 5 and under are free.
Disabled – Disabled parking ID, Medicaid card, Metro reduced farecard or JCT Special Edition ID card - Application
Students: School I.D. required, all ages attending school
Medicare, Seniors 65 and older, IndeAccess Plus: Identification required for half fare
IndeAccess ID card holders may ride on the Independence, Mo., fixed route system at no charge. Must present ID card to driver. (Only accepted in Independence).
UGT honors reduced farecards issued by KCATA.