About Reduced-Fare MetroCards

Reduced fares are available for riders who are 65 or older or riders who have qualifying disabilities.

About reduced fares

  • The reduced fare is half the base fare. (For example, the base fare for subways and local buses is $2.75, so the reduced fare is $1.35.)
  • Your reduced-fare card will have your name and photo on it. If you don’t have your card with you, you can pay the reduced fare in cash.
  • There is also a Reduced-Fare AutoGate MetroCard for riders who use mobility aids or have service animals. With this card, you can enter and exit the system using the AutoGate.
  • We have resumed processing MetroCard claims, following a pause in processing because of the pandemic. We’re addressing claims as quickly as we can.

Transferring value from an expired card

At this time, station booths are not making any Reduced-Fare MetroCard transactions. To transfer value from an expired card to a new one, visit one of our mobile sales buses and vans.

You can also make an appointment to visit our Customer Service Center at 3 Stone Street in Lower Manhattan.

How to apply

You can submit an application by mail or in person. See how to apply.


Where and when you can use reduced fares

  • On the subway and on local buses: Anytime
  • On express buses: Anytime except weekday rush hours, from 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.
  • On the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North: Anytime except weekday morning rush hours to NYC terminals, from 6-10 a.m.

Other options for paying reduced fares

How to pay with cash

You must already be part of the reduced fare program and have valid photo ID with you.

Accepted forms of ID:

  • A valid driver's license from any state (or legal equivalent issued to nondrivers)
  • A valid passport from any country
  • A NYC Department of Aging ID card
  • A Medicare card
  • An Access-A-Ride ID card or an MTA Reduced-Fare ID card (pre-1995)

Paying with cash on the subway

Show your ID to the agent and pay the full $2.75 fare. You will get a Reduced-Fare, Round-Trip MetroCard. This gives you two rides at the reduced fare of $1.35 per ride. The $1 new card fee does not apply. This two-trip card is good for subways, local buses, and the Staten Island Railway. It cannot be refilled, and is non-transferable, non-negotiable, and non-redeemable.

Paying with cash on the bus

Show your ID to the operator and pay $1.35 in coins, exact change. No pennies or bills are accepted. You can request a transfer from the operator. The transfer can be used on local buses only, within two hours. It cannot be used for the subway or express buses.

Set up automatic refills with EasyPay

Use our EasyPay program to link a credit or debit card to your MetroCard. Your card will be refilled automatically.

You can use a pre-tax transportation benefit card with EasyPay.

Setting up refills for pay-per-ride cards:

  1. Apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard. When you’re applying, you can sign up for an EasyPay option.
  2. When you create your EasyPay account, you’ll link a credit or debit card.
  3. You start your account with $10. Your card will automatically refill when the balance falls below $10. (You can set a higher refill amount if you would like.)

Setting up refills for unlimited cards:

  1. Follow the steps above to apply for a reduced-fare card and set up an EasyPay account.
  2. Set your refill balance to $63.50.
  3. 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.

You can log into your EasyPay account here. If you need help, call our EasyPay support number. And you can see more about EasyPay options for MetroCards.