The Metropolitan Evansville Transit System (METS) is preparing to implement new bus fares, Sunday bus service and expanded night service on select routes effective January 2, 2017. The changes were recommended as part of the METS Comprehensive Operational Analysis conducted in 2015.

Bus fares for all passengers will decrease and bus transfers will be eliminated. Adult fares will change from $1 to $0.75 per ride, student fares will change from $0.75 to $0.50 per ride, elderly and disabled fares will change from $0.50 to $0.35 per ride, and Mobility fares will change from $2 to $1.50 per ride.

Sunday bus service will be available on five routes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting January 8, 2017. The Sunday routes are Howell/Mary, First Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Covert Avenue and East Connection. Expanded night service will be available on the Lynch/Walnut route Monday through Saturday from 6:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. The Mary A Route will be combined with the Howell Route to create the new Howell/Mary Route and allow for restructuring of additional bus routes. To accommodate the new routes, A buses on the Lincoln, Riverside, Covert and Washington routes will not run between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. each day.

METS riders are encouraged to use the new DoubleMap bus tracking system. DoubleMap allows riders to use smartphones to track the exact location of any bus in real. To track METS using DoubleMap, visit:

Riders with questions about the new bus service, rate structure or DoubleMap tracking system should call METS at 812-435-6166. For TDD/Hearing Impaired, please use Relay Indiana 1-800-743-3333. Information is also available online at

Information courtesy of the office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

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