The Tempe Youth Transit Pass Program allows all eligible Tempe youth ages 6 to 18 to ride regional and local Valley Metro bus routes and the METRO light rail for free. Free passes are available at the Tempe Transit Store, 200 E. Fifth St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Passes valid July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will be available starting May 15. Special Saturday on-site registration will be held at the Tempe Transit Store on May 20, July 8 and Aug. 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free parking is available for the first hour in the parking garage located at 117 E. Fifth St.
If you attend Tempe, Compadre, Marocs de Niza or McClintock high schools AND LIVE IN TEMPE OR GUADALUPE, you can get your transit pass at the school. Go to the main office for more information and to get a registration form. If you attend Tempe, Compadre, Marcos de Niza or McClintock high schools and get the pass at the school (not at the Transit Store), the parent does not need to accompany the child nor do you need to have the proof of residency or birth certificate. The school registrar will verify all the information.
What is required to get the pass if I am under the age of 18?
1) A parent or guardian must accompany the youth when registering for the program.
2) A paper copy of your most recent paper copy of a utility bill (dated within the last 60 days) with a Tempe address. Acceptable utility bills include SRP, APS, Southwest Gas, City of Tempe, Cox Communications, Century Link, Direct TV, Dish Network, cell phone company, bank statement or a current statement from the Department of Economic Security (DES). Lease agreements are not acceptable forms of proof of residency. The bill must have the youth's parent or guardian's name on it.
3) Youth’s birth certificate. (The accompanying parent must be listed as the parent on the birth certificate.)
4) A valid driver’s license/photo ID of parent/guardian.
5) If you are the step parent or legal guardian you must also bring a copy of your marriage license or state guardianship papers. Notarized guardianship papers are not acceptable proof of guardianship.
What is required to get the pass if I am age 18?
1) A valid driver’s license, ID pass or US passport.
2) A paper copy of your most recent utility bill (dated within the last 60 days) with a Tempe address. Acceptable utility bills include SRP, APS, Southwest Gas, City of Tempe, Cox Communications, Century Link, Direct TV, Dish Network, cell phone company, bank statement or a current statement from the Department of Economic Security (DES). Lease agreements are not acceptable forms of proof of residency.
3) An 18 year old who lives at home with a parent or guardian may use the parent or guardians utility bill as proof of address if they bring a birth certificate and the parent or guardian with them to get the pass. This provides proof that the name listed on the utility bill is the parent or guardian.
Passes are deactivated when the youth turns age 19.
Where do I go to get my free transit pass?
You can get the pass at the Tempe Transit Store located at 200 E. Fifth Street Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free one hour public parking is located at 117 E. Fifth St. across from the Transportation Center. If you lose your pass, you can get a new pass (up to three in one year) by paying a $5 replacement fee. For a replacement pass, either the parent or youth can visit the Transit Store and no additional documentation is required.
How do I use my pass when boarding a bus or using light rail?
Bus: Upon boarding the bus, tap the pass to reader. Do not deposit into farebox. Light Rail: Validate the pass by hovering your pass over the station reader on the light rail platform before boarding.
Is the pass only good for taking trips to school?
No. You can use your transit pass to travel for any purpose to any destination on any Valley Metro bus route or on the METRO light rail. Use your transit pass on weekends, holidays, and even during school breaks.