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MCT Fixed-Route buses will be accepting expired Free Ride and Half Fare IDs until further notice.

Madison County Transit (MCT) offers free and reduced rides to individuals that meet all current eligibility guidelines. Having an MCT ID in the past does not mean you are eligible for a new MCT ID. Please see the following guidelines below to ensure you qualify for a half fare or free ride MCT ID before applying.

Expiring IDs can be replaced up to three months before the actual expiration date but individuals must still meet all eligibility guidelines before a new ID will be made.

Upcoming ID Sessions:

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all upcoming ID Sessions have been cancelled until further notice.
All sessions are held at Edwardsville Station
158 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025


NEW! Apply for a Free Ride or Half Fare ID via email or mail.
STEP 1: Download and fill out the APPLICATION.
STEP 2: Attach completed application and all required items in an email. OR print and include all required items in an envelope.
STEP 3: Send all items via email to ID@mct.org OR send via mail to:
  • Madison County Transit
  • ATTN: ID Form
  • One Transit Way
  • P.O. Box 7500
  • Granite City, IL 62040
Please allow up to 3-4 weeks for processing and production of IDs.
*If you do not have access to email or a printer, you may call to request an application be mailed to you.
**This process is for those seeking a new ID or renewing a current ID only. If your ID is lost or broken see below for information on how to get a replacement.

ID Replacement 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.
ID Descriptions
+ MCT Senior Free Ride ID (65 & up)
  • Seniors who live in the State of Illinois and are enrolled in the Benefit Access program can receive the MCT Senior Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID and proof of Benefit Access enrollment. See below for more information on the Benefit 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.
  • Benefit Access eligibility required.
+ MCT Benefit Access Free Ride ID
  • Illinois residents who are enrolled in the Benefit Access program can receive the MCT Benefit Access Free Ride ID by showing a valid photo ID and proof of Benefit Access enrollment. See below for more information on the Benefit 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.
  • Benefit Access eligibility required.
+ 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.
  • Valid for free unlimited rides on any MCT fixed-route bus.
  • Valid for half fare rides on Metro in St. Clair County and Missouri.
  • Benefit Access eligibility not required.
+ MCT ADA Paratransit Free Ride ID
  • Registered ACT Paratransit, ADA-eligible users can receive the MCT ADA Paratransit Free Ride ID by contacting ACT Paratransit Office. 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.
  • Benefit Access eligibility not required.
+ MCT Half Fare ID
  • Seniors age 65 and up can receive the MCT Half Fare ID by showing a valid photo ID.
  • Disabled individuals with a valid Medicare card or State of Illinois issued Disabled ID may receive a Half Fare ID by showing a valid photo ID.
  • 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.
  • Benefit Access eligibility not required.

How to apply for the Benefit Access Program
To be determined eligible for an MCT Senior or MCT Benefit 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 Illinois Department on Aging at (800) 252-8966

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