What is a Reduce-Fare MetroCard? (Spanish, Chinese)
The reduced fare card is a benefit available to seniors 65 years of age or older and people with disabilities that allows you to buy Metrocards for half of the regular fare.
Will it cost me anything?
No, there is no fee for getting a reduced-fare card.
Which New York transportation services offer reduced-fare benefits?
- MTA New York City Transit subways and local buses
- MTA Bus
- NYC Transit and MTA Bus express buses during non-rush hours only
- MTA Long Island Bus
- MTA Long Island Railroad and MTA Metro-North Railroad anytime except weekday rush hours to NYC terminals.
What if I ride on an express bus?
There is no reduced fare for express buses.
How can I apply for the card?
You can apply by mail:
Print the application from the MTA website.
Enclose a 2” x 2 1/2” photograph.
Enclose a photocopy of acceptable proof of age: drivers license, Medicare card or birth certificate (you must use one with a photograph) or qualifying disability.
MTA New York City Transit
Attn: Reduce Fare Program
130 Livingston Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201-9625
You can apply in person:
Bring 2 valid ID’s (see above) to the Reduced-Fare MetroCard Walk-In Service Center at
3 Stone Street, in Lower Manhattan between Broadway and Broad Street
What form of identification do I need?
- NYC Department of the Aging ID card or
- Medicare card (Medicaid card is not accepted) or
- Access-A-Ride ID card or
- MTA Reduced-Fare ID card (pre-1995)
How do I pay for my reduced fare card?
MetroCard Vending Machines in subway stations accept cash, credit and debit card. You can also apply for an EasyPay account.
What if I do not use my Reduced-Fare Metrocard?
There are no charges if you do not use your Reduced-Fare Metro-Card.
EasyPay accounts allow you to pay for your reduced fare card automatically with a credit or debit card.
How do I open an EasyPay account?
To open an account you must complete an application form, which you can get online at http://web.mta.info/metrocard/EasyPayXpress.htm. You can open your account for as little as $10.00 and you never pay more than $44.50 (one half the current cost of a full-fare monthly Unlimited Ride Metrocard. The application will ask for your credit or debit card information so that whenever your balance on the reduced-fare card goes below $10.00 it can be brought up to the minimum.
How does an EasyPay account work?
You pay automatically for your reduced fare card with credit card, ATM/debit card, electronic debit, or by mail with a check or money order. Once you sign up for this way of paying, your credit or debit card will automatically be charged when you reach $10 or less on your reduced fare card.
What if I need help with my EasyPay account?
For assistance call or write to the EasyPay Account Service Center. Always include your name, EasyPay MetroCard account number, current mailing address and daytime telephone number.
EasyPay Account Service Center
IL1 - 6227
PO Box 2015
Elgin, IL 60121-2015
Toll Free Telephone Number:
9 AM to 5 PM weekdays, except holidays
9 AM to 2 PM Saturday
What if I want to cancel my EasyPay account?
You may close your EasyPay MetroCard account at any time and get a regular Reduced-Fare MetroCard. Any balance in your Reduced EasyPay account will be refunded.
Do I get a monthly statement?
You can get your statement information online at www.easypaymetrocard.com or call EasyPay Account Service Center at 1-877-323-RIDE (7433) to ask for a statement. EasyPay MetroCard statements and other notices are sent to the address you provide, so it’s important to call the EasyPay MetoCard service center if you move or need to change your payment information.
What if I think my statement is wrong?
You must notify the account service center at 1-877-323- 7433 if you have questions regarding any charges. You have 90 days to notify the account service center.
How can I get help?
Call Reduced Fare MetroCard at 718-243-4999; (TTY) 718-596-8273 or contact CIDNY at 212-674-2300 and ask to speak to a benefits counselor.