College Riders Accessing Metro

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A study published by the American Public Transportation Association suggests that Americans can save an average of nearly $10,000 a year by taking public transit instead of driving. Wow! Imagine saving that kind of money if you are a college student. And actually, college students are ideally situated to enjoy the benefits of public transportation because much of their activity stems from a centralized location. In addition to saving money on vehicle costs, studies have shown that students who use public transit generally manage their time better because they are used to abiding by transit schedules and develop enhanced time management skills. These skills can assist in school performance and overall professional success as well. Further, congestion, parking, and circulation problems are generally much lower at colleges that have a significant portion of students using public transit.

NFTA Metro’s College Pass Program

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As part of its continuing efforts to meet the needs of the college community, NFTA Metro currently offers colleges the opportunity to participate in our College/University Transit Pass Program. The transit pass program provides all students of participating* colleges unlimited access to the Metro Bus and Rail system, seven days a week at a significantly discounted rate. Students of participating colleges can use their Metro transit passes to commute to school, work or anywhere Metro services without having to pay additional fees.

* Required minimum one-year contract.

How Does the Program Work


On an annual basis Metro provides the administration at participating colleges with unlimited access transit passes for the entire undergraduate student body. The front of the passes are customized with a college logo, an individual student's photo with name and an expiration date. The back of the passes contain a magnetic strip that is encoded for authenticity. (Note: Each pass belongs to an individual student and are non-transferable). For students using Metro bus, they swipe their card in the farebox upon boarding and for those using Metro rail, they show it when asked by Metro personnel. Student college passes may be disabled on an individual basis if they are lost, stolen, used fraudulently or if the student withdraws from the college. Participating colleges are invoiced near the latter portion of each semester based on the appropriate enrollment data.

NFTA Metro

NFTA Metro operates within Erie and Niagara Counties. It currently has over 300 buses in its regular fleet, 94 of which are equipped with hybrid technology. Metro also operates a 6.4 mile light rail system that runs from University Station (UB South) to Events Station (near First Niagara Center) and manages 18 park and ride lots. So, getting somewhere locally using Metro is almost always an option.

Current Participation

  • Bryant & Stratton Institute
  • Buffalo State College
  • Canisius College
  • Erie Community College
  •  UB Medical School 

CRAM Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is the College/University Unlimited Access Pass Program? 
    The College/University Pass Program allows students of participating colleges unlimited access to the Metro Bus and Rail system, seven days a week during the school year. There are no additional fares or transfer fees. For school, work, shopping, errands, eating out or just going out. Metro has an easy, economical and environmentally friendly way to get you where you want to go. Please note that student transit passes are not valid for Metro special services.
  • How does the program work?
    Each new school year NFTA-Metro provides participating schools with Metro transit passes for their students. On the back of each pass is a magnetic stripe that codes the pass as valid. The front of the card is customized to include the name and/or logo for your college, student photo, ID number and pass expiration date.
  • How do I use my pass? 
    When using Metro Bus, simply board any Metro Bus and swipe your Metro transit pass in the fare box. You do not need to swipe your pass when riding Metro Rail, however you must have it in your possession. If you are riding Metro Rail and do not have your pass when asked by Metro personnel, you could be charged with fare evasion which carries a stiff penalty. In addition, students must always have supporting picture identification in addition to their Metro Transit Pass.
  • Can someone else use my pass if I am not using it?
    No, your Metro pass is only for your use. The pass is non-transferable. If your pass is found to be used fraudulently, it will be revoked by the operator, reported to the college and further privileges may be lost.
  • What if I lose my pass or it becomes damaged?
    If you lose your transit pass, or if it is damaged or cracked, you should report it to the appropriate office at your college immediately. The pass will then be invalidated in the system. A replacement pass may be purchased for a fee. This fee must be paid with a check or money order.
  • Is there help to get me where I need to go?
    Yes, NFTA-Metro provides an online Trip Planner at You type in your starting location and destination, and the appropriate routes will be provided. All routes and schedules can be found online. However, should you have further questions, contact the Customer Care Center Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at (716) 855-7211.
  • Is my pass valid for Paratransit services? 
    Yes, you must contact our Special Services office if you are disabled to confirm eligibility and request an application at 716.855.7377 or TTY/ Relay 711 or 800.622.1220.
  • What is the Metro Xtras card? 
    In addition to providing an added transportation benefit to students of participating colleges, each student is eligible for value-added discounts from vendors listed here. Just show your valid Metro transit student pass at any of these vendors and take advantage of the savings.