Reduced fares are available for MTA subway, bus, and rail customers who are 65 or older or who have a qualifying disability. When applying for a reduced-fare Metrocard®, you can sign up for the Easypay option.
Starting out with a Pay-Per-Ride account
Reduced fare customers who want to sign up for EasyPay must start out with a Pay-Per-Ride account. A Reduced Fare Pay-Per-Ride EasyPay Metrocard works like a regular Pay-Per-Ride card. It deducts value from your account as you swipe based on the reduced bus and subway fares.
You create an account, and link it to a credit or debit card. You set up a reduced fare account with $10. You can use a tax-free transportation benefits card to set up an account. The account refills automatically when the balance falls below $10. You can set a higher refill amount if you would like.
EasyPay Pay-Per-Ride card can be used on:
- Local Buses, and
- Express buses.
EasyPay Pay-Per-Ride card cannot be used on:
- AirTrain JFK, and
- Path trains.
Automatic conversion to unlimited fare
Reduced-fare customers can save money by setting their refill amount to $63.50. Your card automatically converts to an Unlimited Ride Card when you spend more than $63.50 in a 30-day period. Trips on subways and local buses will be free until the next billing cycle. At the end of the 30-day period, your card reverts back to Pay-Per-Ride. Trips on Express buses do not count towards the unlimited ride conversion.