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Youth Wave Card

As of November 2019, 10-ride student paper tickets are no longer available and have been replaced by the Youth Wave card.Ticket to Wave

How to switch to a Youth Wave Card:

  1. Visit Rapid Central Station to show proof of age.
  2. Pay a one-time fee of $3 for your Youth Wave card.
  3. Load your Youth Wave card at any one of our 60+ retail locations. Find one near you at
  4. Tap & Ride!


Benefits of the Youth Wave Card

Better Service

More youths are eligible for discounted fares. No student ID is necessary to qualify—everyone 19 years of age or younger is eligible for a Youth Wave card.

Balance Protection

If you register a Youth Wave card online, you can protect your balance if your card is ever lost or stolen.

Retail Network

The Rapid’s new retail network offers 60+ locations where you can reload funds on your Youth Wave card. You can also add funds online and at Rapid Central Station. Find a location near you here.


More frequent riders earn more savings.


Youth Wave Card - Cost Estimate

1 Ride5 Rides10 Rides15 Rides20 Rides
Youth Wave Card$1.25$6.25$11.25$11.25$11.25
10-Ride Student Ticket $1.05$5.25$10.50$15.75$21.00
Savings with fare-cappingPay $.20 more per ridePay $1 more per weekPay $0.75 more per weekSave $4.50 per weekSave $9.75 per week

If you currently use a Wave card as part of GRPS and The Rapid’s Partner program, nothing will change. Just tap & ride as you do now!

Questions? Need assistance? Email  or call (616) 776-1100.