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As a part of its new Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), Madison County Transit (MCT) will begin transitioning all Free Ride IDs to contactless “Smartcards” beginning in March. All current ID holders must attend an ID Distribution Session before June 30, 2016 to have a new photo and ID issued. To facilitate the distribution of these IDs, MCT will begin hosting weekly ID Distribution Sessions at Edwardsville Station in March. Scheduled sessions will be held on the first Wednesday of each month, from 4 - 6 p.m. at Edwardsville Station and every Thursday (March through June) from 1 – 4 p.m., also at Edwardsville Station.

MCT Half Fare IDs will not be issued on smartcards but MUST be replaced by June 30.

MCT will continue to accept the current Free Ride and Half Fare IDs through June 30, 2016. To obtain a new Smartcard ID, individuals must meet all current eligibility guidelines and bring the necessary documentation. Please see the following guidelines below to ensure you qualify for a half-fare or free ride MCT ID before attending.

Upcoming ID Sessions:
Thursday, April 14 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Thursday, April 21 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Thursday, April 28 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 4 (4 – 6 p.m.)
Thursday, May 5 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Thursday, May 12 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Thursday, May 19 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Thursday, May 26 (1 – 4 p.m.)

Replacement ID Request:
To request a replacement ID print and fill out the Replacement ID Request Form. The fee is $10.00 for the first replacement and $20.00 for each subsequent replacement.
MCT Senior Free Ride ID (65 & up):
  • Seniors who live in the State of Illinois and are enrolled in the Benefits Access program can receive the MCT Senior Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID and proof of Benefits Access enrollment at an MCT ID Distribution Session. See below for more information on the Benefits Access Program.
  • Valid for free unlimited rides on any MCT fixed-route bus.
  • Valid for half fare rides on Metro in St. Clair County and Missouri.


MCT Senior Select Free Ride ID (75 & up):
  • Madison County Seniors age 75 and up can receive the MCT Senior Select Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID at a MCT ID Distribution session.
  • Valid for free unlimited rides on any MCT fixed-route bus.
  • Valid for half fare rides on Metro in St. Clair County and Missouri.


MCT Benefits Access Free Ride ID:
  • Illinois residents who are enrolled in the Benefits Access program can receive the MCT Benefits Access Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID and proof of Benefits Access enrollment at an MCT ID Distribution Session. See below for more information on the Benefits Access Program.
  • Valid for free unlimited rides on any MCT fixed-route bus.
  • This ID is NOT valid on Metro in St. Clair County or Missouri.


MCT ADA Paratransit Free Ride ID:
  • Registered ACT Paratransit, ADA-eligible users can receive the MCT ADA Paratransit Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID at an MCT ID Distribution Session. Enrollment is verified with ACT Paratransit.
  • Valid for free unlimited rides on any MCT fixed-route bus and Metro bus or train in St. Clair County.
  • Valid for half fare rides on Metro in Missouri.


MCT Half Fare ID:
  • Seniors (65 and up) can receive a MCT Half Fare ID by attending a MCT ID Distribution and showing a valid photo ID.
  • Disabled individuals with a valid Medicare card or State of Illinois issued Disable ID may receive a Half Fare ID by showing a valid photo ID at a MCT ID Distribution Session.
  • Valid for half fare rides on any MCT fixed-route bus.
  • Valid for half fare rides on Metro in St. Clair County and in Missouri.


How to apply for the Benefits Access Program
To be determined eligible for an MCT Senior or MCT Benefits Access Free Ride ID you must submit a Benefit Access application on the internet. Paper applications are not available.

Apply online at www.cbrx.il.gov
For questions call the Area Agency on Aging at (618) 222-2561

MCT is not responsible for registering passengers or determining eligibility for the Benefits Access program. The registration process is through the Illinois Dept. on Aging.