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Fare Change

Ticket at the fareboxWith the implementation of The Wave electronic fare system in 2018, The Rapid will end the sale of paper tickets for regular fixed-route bus service on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. 

  • Paper bus tickets and passes will no longer be available for purchase online, at Rapid Central Station, and onboard the bus. 
  • Paper tickets will continue to be accepted as fare until summer 2020.
  • Cash will continue to be accepted as bus fare indefinitely. 
  • Special ticket programs will transition from two-ride tickets to single-ride barcodes. 

Wave cards are available for purchase with cash, credit, or debit at more than 60 retail outlets, Rapid Central Station, or wave.ridetherapid.org

Questions about The Wave or this change? Email us at  or call at 616.776.1100.

Wave Card & Paper Ticket Changes Presentation (7 MB, PDF)
Informational Piece (414 KB, PDF)
Public Meeting Informational Boards (1 MB, PDF)

This change does not impact GO!Bus or PASS tickets.