Fare type 1 ride Multi-ride rate/
Regional transit pass
Day pass Monthly pass
Adult (18-62) $1.75 $1.25 $2.50 $30
Youth (3-17) $1.25 $0.95 $1.50 $25
Senior (62+) $1.25 $0.95 $1.50 $25
Disabled (with valid ID card) $1.25 $0.95 $1.50 $25

Regional transit passes

$10 or $20 stored value magnetic media cards that allow you to ride the four regional transit systems for the new discounted rate (see page at HTA website for comprehensive rate table).

Your magnetic pass can be used on any system at any time. Just swipe the card when you board the bus and it will deduct the correct discounted rate for that system. Let the driver know if you are entiled to a reduced fare before you board. See purchasing passes, below.

Month passes

Month Passes are valid for unlimited rides until the date and time of expiration printed on the back of the pass. Each time you wish to use the pass after purchasing it, simply swipe it through the card reader (see diagram). When you hear a beep the pass is recognized as valid and you may proceed to board the bus. See purchasing passes, below.


Free transfers are provided between AMRTS buses for a single trip. No inter-agency transfers are available.

Tell the driver you want a transfer when you board the bus. You can only get a transfer upon boarding.

To use a transfer when you board a bus on another route simply insert it into the card reader. When you hear a beep the transfer is recognized as valid and you may proceed to board the bus.

Purchasing passes

You can purchase passes from the bus driver using cash. Important note: If you are not paying a cash fare do not put your money in the farebox until you tell the driver what you want to buy. You will not be refunded for money placed in farebox accidently.

Passes can also be purchased at the Arcata Intermodal Transit Facility with cash or personal check.

Using the new fareboxes

Have your exact fare ready to insert into the farebox before boarding the bus. Neither the driver nor the new farebox can make change or refund money put into the farebox on accident.

Paper money (bills) - Feed unfolded bills into the bill slot. The farebox will not accept bills larger than $20.

Coins - Drop coins, one at a time, into the coin slot. Coins accepted are: pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, halves & small dollar coins. Note: pennies will no longer be accepted after April 26th.

A digital display shows the exact amount deposited. When you hear a beep you have paid the correct fare and may proceed to board the bus. If you are entitled to a reduced cash fare be sure to tell the driver before you place your money in the farebox.


If you have any questions call Arcata & Mad River Transit Service at (707) 822-3775.

Jack Pass

Humboldt State University students ride AMRTS fare-free

Students: Just show and swipe your current student ID when you board. Staff & faculty: you can buy into the Jack Pass program for $60 per semester. Get more info from HSU Parking & Commuter Services, and learn more about the development of Jack Pass at the Green Wheels website.