About Reduced Fare
Cost: The base subway or local bus fare is $2.50. Reduced fare is half the base fare, $1.25 or less with Reduced-Fare MetroCard discounts.
Who’s eligible: Customers who are 65 years of age or older or have a qualifying disability.
Where and when you can ride at the reduced fare:
MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bus: local buses anytime
MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bus: express buses anytime except weekday rush hours: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 am and 3 p.m. to 7 pm.
MTA Long Island Rail Road and the MTA Metro-North Railroad anytime except weekday rush hours to New York City terminals
How to pay with a Reduced-Fare MetroCard
A Reduced-Fare MetroCard is a personalized MetroCard with your name and photograph.You must apply for, and be approved to receive it.
How to pay with cash
When you pay with cash, you must present an acceptable form of identification (ID). Show your ID to a subway Station Agent or Bus Operator. Accepted forms of ID are: a NYC Department of Aging ID card, Medicare card (Medicaid not accepted), Access-A-Ride ID card, MTA Reduced-Fare ID card (pre-1995).
Follow these instructions for riding the subway or bus:
In the Subway: Show your authorized ID to a station agent and pay the full $2.50 fare, and you will be issued a Reduced-Fare, Round-Trip MetroCard. One trip will be deducted for each use ($1.25 per ride) and the $1.00 new card fee does not apply.
This 2-trip MetroCard will be accepted at all subway stations, local buses and Staten Island Railway. It cannot be refilled, is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-redeemable.
Note: Until further notice, Reduced-Fare customers whose employers provide transit benefits via a debit card must continue to purchase their MetroCard at the MetroCard Vending Machines and then visit the station booth to obtain a paper return-trip ticket.
For a more convenient way to use your transit benefits, we encourage you to get a Reduced-Fare MetroCard which can be refilled at MetroCard Vending Machines using your transit benefits debit card; or sign up for the EasyPay Reduced-Fare MetroCard and link your transit benefits card to the account.
On the Bus: Show your ID to the Bus Operator and pay $1.25 in coins, exact change; no pennies or dollar bills accepted. You can request a transfer from the Bus Operator. The transfer is valid for two hours, and can be used to transfer to another local (not express) bus; the transfer cannot be used in the subway.