Pass Information

Veterans, Seniors and ADA Eligible Passengers

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

31 Day Pass

31 Day Passes are good for unlimited riding on fixed route services for 31 days from the date of first use.

All Day Pass

All Day Bus Passes are good for unlimited riding on the day they are purchased on all fixed routes. Price is based on whether you'll be using within one city / community or traveling intercity.

Note: The Atwater, Winton, and Merced area is considered local.

Seven Day Pass

Seven Day Passes are good for unlimited riding for seven days from date of first use on all fixed routes, local and intercity.

Student Pass

Fixed Route service only are available with current student identification for 31 days or a full semester.

Fee Chart

* Note: Five months for the price of four.
Pass Type
Price ($)
All Day Fixed Route Local Pass
All Day Pass Intercity Pass
Seven Day Pass
Fixed Route for Seniors, Veterans and Eligible ADA
* Must have proper ID
31 Day Fixed Route Pass
31 Day Student Pass
Unlimited Student Semester Pass (spring or fall semester)