My city predictably is having money shortages. I am barely breaking even and have already taken three bonds. Suddenly I remember that I have a very nice public transportation (shuttle bus) system that, maybe, I can monetize. Is there any way that I can set a fare for my buses (or any other public transportation systems) and recoup some of the expenses?

  • I would try Ministry of Public Transportation (only one city in a region needs any particular ministry to unlock stuff for all cities). If that doesn’t work, then SC works at the proper model — subsidise PT, because it saves money on traffic delays, fuel consumption, road wear and pollution.
    – theUg
    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:54
  • As for money, I only needed PT when I hit 5000. By that time, I borrowed and paid off four bonds, and now make decent amount with healthy cash flow.
    – theUg
    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:55
  • I too have come up to making decent money again. But it would still be nice to know if this is possible.
    – Xantec
    Mar 6, 2013 at 3:10
  • I do not believe it is possible to adjust the fares charged by public transport.
    – kalina
    Mar 6, 2013 at 10:01

2 Answers 2


It is not possible to charge for public transport in SimCity. The purpose of mass transit in SimCity is to provide a method to control the traffic and air pollution in your city.

  • Unfortunately you are probably right. It is ironic then that the municipal buses from neighboring cities can cause as much traffic as they alleviate.
    – Xantec
    Mar 11, 2013 at 12:41
  • Are there any fares at all for public transportation? Mar 11, 2013 at 15:23
  • @AaronKurtzhals It doesn't seem so.
    – Xantec
    Mar 12, 2013 at 2:59

With the current state of the game there are no tollbooths or anything of that manner like there were in SimCity 4. But I am sure in the future whether it is through community mods or DLC there will be such content.

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