The base fare is $1.50 for all local rides within a single city or community which includes Merced, Atwater and Winton area and $3 from any city or community to another.
The base fare is $3 for all local rides within a single city or community which includes Merced, Atwater and Winton area and $6 from any city or community to another.
Seniors (anyone over 62), veterans, persons with disabilities (with an ADA eligibility card), and Medicare card holders ride for only half the regular cash fare all day, every day, on all The Bus' fixed routes.
Seniors must present identification that shows your age, such as a driver's license, a state issued photo identification card showing your date of birth, or a Medicare card. Medicare card holders may also be required to present proof of identification upon request.
Starting July 1st 2017
The Transit Joint Powers Authority for Merced County (TJPAMC) will provide free service on The Bus fixed route to veterans, seniors and ADA eligible passengers effective July 1, 2017. This new program is sponsored by Measure V, the transportation sales tax measure that was passed by Merced County voters last year. To qualify for this program, individuals must present valid photo identification.
To ride The Bus for free, veterans and active service members may use a government issued ID, active military identification card, veteran’s health identification card, or retired military identification card. Seniors 62 or older may use a government issued ID displaying their date of birth, and ADA eligible passengers can use an ADA Paratransit card or a Medicare card with a photo ID to ride the fixed route system throughout Merced County without charge.
Please be aware that Bus Operators are not able to allow any passengers to ride for free without one of these valid forms of identification. No exceptions.
This new free service program is funded by Measure V, Merced County’s ½ cent transportation sales tax which was passed by voters in November 2016.
If you need assistance with determining your eligibility for riding The Bus fixed routes for free, please contact our Transit Administration office at (209) 723-3100 or visit us at 1850 K Street in Merced.
Children Fare Policy
Children under 46 inches in height are permitted to ride free as long as they are riding with an adult who pays a fare, whether that be in cash, with a bus pass, or other form of payment.
Indicators are in place on all buses showing the 46-inch measurement.