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 a mobile sales bus or van
To transfer value from an expired card to a new one, visit one of our mobile sales buses and vans.
Note: We’re not making cash transactions right now.
At our Customer Service Center
You can also make an appointment to visit our Customer Service Center at 3 Stone Street in Lower Manhattan.
At a station booth
Only a few station booths are making reduced-fare transactions. You can visit these locations.
- 161 St-Yankee Stadium
- E 180 St
- Pelham Bay Park
- Atlantic Av Barclays Center , Booth R610, near the northbound lines
- Crown Heights Utica Av , Booth R626, at Eastern Parkway
- Kings Highway , Booth B24, between East 15th and 16th streets
- 42 St-Times Square , Booth R151
- 96 St
- Fulton St , Booth N95, on the line at the Broadway entrance
- Flushing Main St , Booth R533, at the Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue entrance
- Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Av , Booth N324, at the entrance on 74th Street and Broadway
- Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer , Booth N606, at the Archer Avenue entrance
- St. George
How to apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard
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 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:
- Apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard. When you’re applying, you can sign up for an EasyPay option.
- When you create your EasyPay account, you’ll link a credit or debit card.
- 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:
- Follow the steps above to apply for a reduced-fare card and set up an EasyPay account.
- Set your refill balance to $63.50.
- 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.