Using the New Express Bus Fare Boxes

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Example of Zone 2 transfer
Transfer (2-Hour Pass) with Bar Code

Transfers (2-Hour Passes) & All-Day Passes Now Issued On Board Buses

Starting in May 2017, fare boxes on board CTtransit local, express, and CTfastrak buses will issue transfers (2-Hour passes) and All-Day passes using bar-code reading technology rather than magnetically encoded stripe technology. The bar code is printed on the front of the pass. Scan the bar-code on the window with the red light on the fare box—a tone will sound indicating acceptance.

Free transfers issued on express buses are valid for unlimited rides, going in any direction, for two hours from time issued, until printed time and date of expiration. All-Day passes must be purchased at the time the fare is paid upon boarding.

Please note, passengers on the 918, 919, 926, 927 and 950 routes will continue to use the tickets or passes they are familiar with. 

New Options!

Starting in May 2017, express transfers (2-Hour passes) will retain the full value of the original zone fare paid, providing unlimited local and express rides for the number of zones paid.

Travel on a route that charges a higher zone fare would require additional payment.

Express All-Day passes may now be purchased on board the buses. Please refer to the chart below for the costs per zone for All-Day passes. Inform the bus Operator that you would like to purchase an Express All-Day Pass and for which fare zone before inserting your payment. Exact fare is required for each pass purchased.

In addition, 2-hour passes and All-Day passes at the senior/disabled fare may be purchased on board buses. Please refer to the chart below for the costs per zone for senior/disabled passes. Customers using Senior/Disabled reduced fare tickets or passes must still show a Medicare card or state-issued photo ID.

2-hour passes and All-Day passes for express zones are also sold at Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) in downtown Hartford and at all CTfastrak stations.

New! Express 2-Hour Pass  
Zone 2 $3.20
Zone 3 $4.10
Zone 4 $5.00
Zone 5 $6.00
New! Express All-Day Pass  
Zone 2 $6.40
Zone 3 $8.20
Zone 4 $10.00
Zone 5 $12.00
New! Sr/Disabled Express 2-Hour Pass  
Zone 2 $1.60
Zone 3 $2.05
Zone 4 $2.50
Zone 5 $3.00
New! Sr/Disabled Express All-Day Pass  
Zone 2 $3.20
Zone 3 $4.10
Zone 4 $5.00
Zone 5 $6.00

Basic Functions

The fare boxes have a screen showing important information, such as the fare due, and allow you to select a day pass or transfer. Important: this is not a touch-screen, please use the buttons for selections. A green arrow indicates the ticket slot, pass reader, and currency acceptors are ready for fare payment.

  • If you need to activate pass for the first time, or if you use 10-ride tickets, insert the pass or ticket in the ticket slot with the magnetic stripe facing you and to the right.
  • To speed your boarding and payment, activated passes may be swiped on top of the fare box. Swipe either direction, with the magnetic stripe down and facing you.
  • If you are using a ticket issued by a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) or from another bus, scan the bar-code on the red light.
  • The fare boxes accept all US coins (except 50¢ pieces) and $1.00. $5.00, and $10.00 bills. Bills must be unfolded and flat. Do not insert $20.00 or other bills.
  • Bus Operators and fare boxes do not make change. Fare boxes will only accept one ticket or pass per passenger, per transaction.
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