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Transit Assistance Program (TAP) - For Riders

Enroll now in the Transit Assistance Program (TAP)

The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to help make public transit more affordable for low-income residents.

To sign up, you must:

  • Present one of the following accepted certificates listed below.
  • Show a photo ID card or utility statement with your name and address on it.
  • Add money to your TAP card.
  • Once the TAP card is used, you will have access to the $1.00 fare for a full year.

(The discounted price is not valid on Metro Mobility or Transit Link buses and only a partial discount is applied on Northstar fares)

Accepted Certifications:

Now accepting food and cash benefits




To enroll, you must bring your valid certification ID’s to the following locations (open to the public):

If you are supported by one of these organization you can contact them directly about enrolling for TAP:

NOTE:  These locations are not open to the public. 

> American Indian OIC
> Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
> House of Charity
> LEAP High School
> Little Earth
> Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwa
> Minneapolis American Indian Center
> Minneapolis Literacy Council
> MPLS Public Housing (Housing Choice Voucher Program)
> Native American Community Clinic
> Pillsbury House + Theatre
> Project for Pride In Living Learning Center
> Scott County-Smart Link
> Twin Cities R!SE
> YWCA St. Paul

Q. What about other members of my family? Do they qualify?

  • Only family members listed on an approved document will qualify.
  • Children 5 years old and under ride for free. No ID is required.
  • Other family members may qualify if documented as a qualified household member by certain organizations.
  • Non-low income certified persons 6-12 years old and 65 and older qualify for a Reduced Fare card that are valid for 10 years or until a youth’s 13th birthday. You can order those when you stop by our Service Centers or mail in a photo copy of an ID card.
  • Person with disabilities may apply for a Limited Mobility card that is valid for 10 years. Call for an enrollment packet or get one here

Q. How do I recertify after my one year is up?

Your TAP pass will end after 365 days. If you still meet the income requirements you can re-enroll thru a partnered organization or by visiting an open enrollment site with an updated certification and proper ID.

Q. How do I know when my discount will end?

Each time you use the reader to pay your fare, the TAP discount expiration date will be displayed.

For Organizations

How to Become a TAP partner

Details for organizations on how to become a TAP partner.

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