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Transit Pass Program


The Transit Empowerment Fund Board awards free and 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.


  • January – Annual Request for Applications (RFA) released and an information session held for potential applicants
  • February – Applications are due to the TEF Board
  • March – Recipient organizations receive award letters
  • July/August – Recipient organizations to pay for and receive awarded passes
  • August – Recipient organizations begin distributing new cycle of passes and begin tracking distribution data for quarterly reports


If your organization is a current participant in the Transit Pass Program, please check out the Partner Portal for reporting form links, important documents, and answers to frequently asked questions.


The 2022 Application for the Transit Pass Program is now closed.