The Transit Empowerment Fund Board awards deeply discounted transit passes to nonprofit social service organizations and governmental entities in Central Texas to help meet the transportation needs of low-income clients. The goal of the program is to promote self-sufficiency by providing transportation for employment, healthcare, education, and social services.
Recipients of the transit passes must be low-income, reside in the Capital Metro service area, and use public transportation. The TEF Board’s target populations are: adults over the age of 65, people with disabilities, low-income workers or those enrolled in job training programs, refugees, people experiencing homelessness, Medicare card holders, Medicaid recipients, and veterans. All passes must be used by individuals who are at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and are transit dependent.
If your organization is a current participant in the Transit Pass Program, visit the Partner Portal for reporting form links, important documents, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Transit Pass Program application is currently closed. The Transit Empowerment Fund anticipates the next Request for Applications release in Fall 2024.
2022 Emergency Abbreviated Transit Pass RFA
In October 2022, TEF offered an emergency abbreviated RFA to apply for transit passes at no-cost. These additional free passes were distributed to organizations to assist low-income riders for the transit needs study period of October 2022-September 2023.
Through this RFA, TEF partners were asked to estimate the number of passes their organization could distribute per month to meet the full need. We heard from our partners that prior to this emergency allocation, some organizations are rationing the number of passes due to their limited resources and other barriers. This study was created to demonstrate the full need for deeply discounted transit passes in our community.