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. Customers earn a 5% bonus for every $5.50 added. 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 at $60.50. If your refill amount is set to $60.50 and you spend more than that in a 30-day period, your card automatically converts to an Unlimited Ride Card. Trips on subways and local buses will be free for the rest of the 30-day period. Trips on Express buses or AirTrain JFK still cost the full fare.
Automatic conversation only works if your refill amount is set at $60.50, not if you spend $60.50 total. For example, if your refill amount is set to $10 and you refill seven times in 30 days, you will have spent $70 but not triggered the automatic conversion. Express bus and AirTrain JFK trips don’t count towards the $60.50 total. At the end of the 30-day period, your card reverts back to Pay-Per-Ride.