Fair Fares NYC helps eligible New Yorkers with lower incomes manage their transportation costs by providing them with a discount MetroCard.

Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, eligible New York City residents ride for HALF the regular price. Pay-Per-Ride fares, 7-day unlimited passes, and 30-day unlimited passes are all available in Fair Fares NYC.

At this time, the Fair Fares NYC program does not accept applications. You must receive a notification from the program inviting you to enroll.

Since January 4, 2019 the Department of Social Services has been contacting eligible New Yorkers who are working and receiving Cash Assistance.

The program expanded in April 2019 to include all eligible New Yorkers who are working and receiving Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The program expanded again in October 2019 to include certain CUNY students, veteran students, and NYCHA residents who meet the program's eligibility requirements.

Eligible New Yorkers will be mailed notification about how to enroll.

In January 2020, the City plans to launch an open enrollment process for all eligible New Yorkers at or below the Federal Poverty Line who don't have discounted transportation from the MTA or the City.

At this time, the Fair Fares NYC program does not accept applications. You must receive a notification from the program inviting you to enroll.

New Yorkers who are at or below the federal poverty level may be eligible if they are:

  • Working and receiving Cash Assistance or SNAP benefits from the New York City Department of Social Services; or
  • Certain CUNY students, veteran students, or NYCHA residents.

If you get Cash Assistance or SNAP benefits, you can check ACCESS HRA to see whether you or other members of your household are eligible for Fair Fares NYC.

Please note:

  • The City will not ask about immigration status or record any information about immigration status.
  • You are not eligible for the Fair Fares NYC program if you are participating or eligible to participate in the MTA’s disability or senior discount fare program.

Once you have received your eligibility notice, you can enroll in the Fair Fares NYC program online.

Visit the Fair Fares NYC website.

You must agree to the "Conditions of Use" online and update your mailing address, if it has changed.

Two to three weeks after you have enrolled online, you will receive your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard in the mail.

The Fair Fares NYC MetroCard discounted price is:

  • $16.50 for the 7-day unlimited pass
  • $63.50 for the 30-day unlimited pass
  • $1.35 for a single fare (Pay-Per-Ride)

With Pay-Per-Ride, you choose the dollar amount you want to add. When you use your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, the turnstile or bus fare box will deduct half the regular fare. This means if you add $10 to your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, you will have the whole $10 on your card, but each time you swipe your card, you will be charged only half the regular price for a single ride.

The Fair Fares NYC MetroCard can be used on New York City subways and buses and the Staten Island Railway (SIR).

It cannot be used on Express Buses, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), or Metro-North.

The Fair Fares NYC MetroCard you receive will not have any money on it. You can add money to your card, or you can buy a 7-day unlimited pass or a 30-day unlimited pass for half the regular price.

The MTA MetroCard vending machines will know to charge you the discounted price for an unlimited pass. The turnstiles and bus fare boxes will know to charge you half the regular fare when you swipe for Pay-Per-Ride.

MTA station booths only accept cash payment for Fair Fares NYC MetroCards.

MTA MetroCard vending machines accept payment for Fair Fares NYC MetroCards by:

  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card