Metropass (staff/faculty)

Metropass - discounted staff/faculty unlimited transit pass

Order a Metropass

The buspass system is unavailable from 1-5 am nightly (server maintenance).

Lost your Metropass? Request a replacement.

  • Unlimited transit rides on all regular route bus lines and light rail – 24/7
    • Additional fare may be needed for Northstar #888
      • Stored value MUST be added to Metropass to cover the difference in fare between the $3.25 that Metropass covers and the actual fare price
      • Without stored value added to Metropass, the reader will not accept Metropass and the rider has to pay full fare
  • Valid until you cancel
  • Passholder qualifies for the Guaranteed Ride Home program
  • University employee Metropass is payroll-deducted, pre-tax. Rate is $83 per month
  • Breakeven point would be about 37 rides per month (18 round trips)
  • Cost is $83 per month
  • Charges are deducted from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis Contract Payment Schedule  (in some cases, pass holders will be billed for their pass on a quarterly basis)
    • For employees paid over a nine-month period, the annual rate is divided among pay periods from mid-September through early-June.  Contact to set up this deduction schedule for your Metropass contract.
Handout of Faculty/Staff Parking & Transit Options


Eligibility — Staff/faculty must:
  • Be on the University of Minnesota payroll
  • Work at least 20 hours a week
  • Possess a valid U Card

How to use a Bus Pass


Passes can be picked up at the PTS main office (Room 300, Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE) or mailed. You’ll be notified via e-mail when the pass is ready.

Damaged, Lost or Stolen Passes

Fill out the online form to obtain a replacement pass. You will receive an e-mail when it is ready. Replacements can be picked up at the PTS main office (Transportation & Safety Building, 511 Washington Avenue SE, 3rd floor).

Customers requesting a replacement for a lost or stolen pass will be assessed a $7 fee. Damaged passes will be exchanged for a new one. If you have questions, call 612-626-7275 or e-mail

How to Cancel a Bus Pass

Cancellation — Passes can be cancelled at any time.

Email to request a cancellation of your Metropass with your name, employee ID number and date to cancel. If you want to start a new Metropass, you will need to complete the online order form to be issued a new pass.

You may receive a prorated refund for service not consumed about 4-6 weeks after cancellation.

If you cancel, you must wait 30 days before you are eligible again.

Payroll deductions will continue until we receive a bus pass email cancellation. If you leave the University without emailing that cancellation, you will be billed for its street value until the contract is terminated in our system.