The Fair Fares NYC MetroCard you receive will not have any time or value on it. You must add time or value on your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard to use it.
You can add time for half the regular price or add value to your card at a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) station booth or MTA MetroCard vending machines, as follows:
- To add time, buy a 7-day unlimited pass or a 30-day unlimited pass.
- To add value, choose the dollar amount you want to add to your card and have available for Pay-Per-Ride fares.
You can add value and time on your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard at the same time. The bus fare box or subway turnstile will use the unlimited ride period first. Once the weekly unlimited or monthly unlimited ride period ends, the bus fare box or subway turnstile will start deducting half-fare if there is value on your card.
When you use the value on your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard for Pay-Per-Ride, the turnstile or bus fare box will know to charge you half the current fare. This means if you add $10 to your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, you will have the whole $10 on your card. Each time you swipe your card, you will be only charged half the current price for a single fare.
Public Transportation Systems
You can use your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard on:
- New York City subways
- Eligible New York City buses
- The Staten Island Railway (SIR)
You cannot use your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard on:
- Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Express Buses
- The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
- Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)
- Metro-North Railroad