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Veteran Bus Pass
Veterans from all U.S. Armed Forces and Reserves ride FREE every day on all CATA services with CATA's Veteran bus pass, available upon request at: the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing, the Capital Area Multimodal Gateway in East Lansing and CATA's Administrative Offices in South Lansing. There is no charge for the pass which is valid for unlimited rides up to 10 years. Simply present one of the following valid forms of ID to receive your free pass: U.S. Department of Defense ID, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID, DD 214 form, or driver's license or state ID with Veteran designation. Any of these valid IDs may be presented in lieu of the Veteran bus pass to receive a free ride. For more, refer to the information card found here.
The following ID cards qualify you for discounted fare and passes on most services (Spec-Tran and Shopping Bus excluded):
CATA Student ID
CATA Student IDs are available through local middle and high schools at no cost. Showing your Student ID entitles you to pay a discounted 60¢ student fare or buy a student pass. All students in grade 6 and above are eligible for a CATA Student ID card. There is a $5.00 fee to replace a card. Call 517-394-1000 for details.
College Student ID
Show a valid college Student ID enables you to to pay a discounted 60¢ student fare or buy a student pass.
If you are 62+ years of age or have a disability, you are eligible for a free CATAClub Card. This card entitles you to a discounted fare of 60¢, and allows you to purchase a Value pass. There are two types of CATAClub cards. To get a card, you must apply and be approved.
CATAClub Annual | Download CATAClub Application for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)
CATAClub Annual cards are issued to persons with a temporary disability. They are valid for a calendar year.
CATAClub Lifetime | Download CATAClub Lifetime Application for Persons with Disabilities (PDF) or CATAClub Lifetime Application for Seniors Age 62+ (PDF)
CATAClub Lifetime cards are issued to persons with a permanent disability or persons 62+ years. They are valid for up to ten years depending on when you apply. There is a $5.00 fee to replace a lost or stolen CATAClub card.
Universal Reduced Fare Card Program
The Universal Reduced Fare Card is a special card offered free of charge that allows seniors and people with disabilities to use participating transit providers throughout the state and receive the provider’s reduced fare without completing additional applications or paperwork. This is a pilot program between the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Passenger Transportation, MASSTrans and the Michigan Public Transportation Association. CATA is one of 33 participating agencies. For a list of participating agencies and details of the program, https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9625_21607_84661-457408--,00.html
CATA will issue a URF sticker to any CATAClub card holder interested in the program. The sticker is to be placed on your CATAclub card. Show your stickered CATAclub card to any participating agency’s bus operator to obtain the discounted fare. If you have a CATAClub card and would like a URF sticker, contact CATA at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you one or visit our Customer Information Center in downtown Lansing to obtain a sticker. If you are applying for a CATAclub card and would like to receive the URF sticker, please indicate this on your application.
Anyone showing a valid Medicare Card qualifies to ride at the discounted rate of 60¢ and to purchase a Value pass.
Persons with disabilities may show their ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Card to ride at the discounted rate of 60¢ and can purchase a Value pass.