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.
  • There is also a Reduced-Fare MetroCard for riders who use mobility aids or have service animals. 
  • We have resumed processing MetroCard claims, following a pause in processing because of the pandemic. We’re addressing claims as quickly as we can.

Qualifying disabilities

  • Receiving Medicare benefits for any reason other than age
  • Serious mental illness and receiving Supplemental Security Income
  • Blindness
  • Deafness or Hearing Loss
  • Ambulatory Disability
  • Cognitive Disability
  • Other Physical Disability

How to apply for a Reduced-Fare MetroCard

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


How to apply for a Reduced-Fare Metro-Card

Refilling your card

At a MetroCard Vending Machine

  • Insert your reduced-fare card into the MetroCard machine in stations.
  • Refill it the way you normally would.
  • When you get your card back, you can swipe it as usual and the reduced fare will be automatically applied.

Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are not making reduced-fare card transactions at most station booths.

At a Mobile Sales Bus or Van

Note: Mobile sales buses and vans will be accepting cash starting June 21, 2021.

See the schedule for our buses and vans. 

Automatically, with EasyPay

Sign up to have your reduced-fare card refilled automatically. Details are below, under other options for paying the reduced fare. You can also call us if you need help.

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.

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.

The Bronx

  • 161 St-Yankee Stadium , Booth N203, 161 St & Grand Concourse
  • E 180 St , Booth R325, E 180th & Morris Park Av
  • Pelham Bay Park , Booth R423, Pelham Bay Park & Westchester Av


  • 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, West side of 42 St / 7 Av
  • 96 St , Booth R168, Broadway between W95 / W96
  • 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

Staten Island

  • St. George

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 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.