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Student OMNY Cards

Updated Jul 25, 2024

About Student OMNY Cards

Student OMNY Cards are:

  • Distributed exclusively by your school. You can’t get a Student OMNY Card from the MTA.
  • Good for four free rides each day. You can tap a Student OMNY Card whenever you want to take up to four free trips every day of the week, any time of the day.
    • This includes a free transfer between the subway and local, limited, and Select Bus Service buses, or a free transfer between buses.
  • Valid all year long. Your Student OMNY Card doesn’t expire until the next school year.

If you’ve used Student MetroCards in the past, you should know that Student OMNY Cards give you more free rides with fewer limits.

•    Four free rides every day  
•    All day (not just certain hours) 
•    Every day of the year (not just school days)
•    Even weekends and over the summer
•    One card for the entire school year and the summer

Your Student OMNY Card is for you—and only you! Don’t share it and risk having your pass confiscated.

Remember to always tap for your rides. Your tap tells the MTA how many people ride from every station and helps improve service.

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How to get a Student OMNY Card

Ask at your school. The NYC Department of Education Office of Public Transportation works with schools to distribute the cards.

Getting help with Student OMNY Cards

If your card is lost or stolen, let your school know right away. They’ll deactivate your old card and get you a replacement.

If your card isn’t working when you tap it, ask a station agent or bus operator for help. If your card still doesn’t work, return it to your school for a replacement.

Student MetroCards

Some students may still receive Student MetroCards for a short time until the transition to Student OMNY Cards is complete.

About Student MetroCards

Student MetroCards are:

  • Distributed by your school. You can’t get a student MetroCard directly from the MTA.
  • Most passes are good for three free rides each school day, between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Four-ride passes and extended hours are also available for students whose trip to school requires more than one transfer each way and for special programs upon request to the school's transportation coordinator at the student's school.
    • This includes a free transfer between the subway and local, limited, and Select bus service, or a free transfer between buses.
  • Valid for one semester. You’ll get a new one each semester: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Your Student MetroCard is for you and you only! Don’t share or your pass can be confiscated.

Remember to always swipe in. That helps us know how many people are riding each line so we can plan service accordingly.

How to get a student MetroCard

Ask at your school. The NYC Department of Education Office of Public Transportation works with schools to distribute the cards.

Getting help with student MetroCards

If your card is lost or stolen, let your school know right away. They’ll deactivate your old card and get you a replacement.

If your card isn’t working when you try to use it, talk to a station agent, if available, or bus driver for help. If your card still doesn’t work, return it to your school for a replacement.