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Fare Capping and Other Fare Policy Updates

Updated Dec 15, 2021

On February 28, the MTA will launch a pilot fare capping program for riders who use OMNY, with the goal of giving our customers an ​even easier, more convenient way to ride. With this pilot program, you’ll always pay the lowest fare each week, no matter how many trips you take. Plus, you don’t have to pay upfront for an unlimited 7-Day MetroCard, making it an easier, more equitable way to pay ​your fare.

The pilot program was approved by the MTA Board on Wednesday, December 15. 

Here's how it will work: 

  • The pilot program will initially be available for full-fare trips on New York City subways and local buses.
  • The program would apply only to trips taken using OMNY, our contactless fare payment system. You must use the same contactless ​bank card or smart device ​or OMNY card for each trip.
  • Customers will automatically receive free, unlimited rides ​for the rest of the week once they have paid $33 in fares — the same as taking 12 trips during a seven-day period.
  • The seven-day period begins at 12 a.m. on Monday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Customers can track their progress toward reaching unlimited rides on the OMNY website. You'll see a more detailed trip history and information if you register for an OMNY account.

In the week leading up to the implementation of the pilot program, help desks will be available at station to answer questions from customers about fare capping and OMNY. More details will be available in the coming months. 

Other fare updates

Peak fares return on Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will resume charging peak fares during business rush hours. The cost of your ride will depend on your trip — use our Fare Calculator to see your fare.

Save on bulk tickets and monthly passes.

New discounts are coming for LIRR and Metro-North riders. 

Introducing a new 20-trip ticket, which will save you 20% on one-way peak fares to and from Zone One. The 20-trip ticket will be available through the MTA eTix app. This new pass was developed with hybrid work schedules in mind; if you're not ready to commit to a full monthly, this is the ticket for you.

For our most frequent LIRR and Metro-North customers, save an additional 10% on already discounted monthly passes. The more you ride, the more you save.

These discounts will go into effect on February 25.

CityTicket is expanding.

The CityTicket, which lets you travel on LIRR and Metro-North throughout NYC, will now be available at all city stations during all off-peak hours, not just weekends. A ticket is just $5.00, so go and explore all the city has to offer.

See all of the CityTicket stations.