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. You can log into your ACCESS HRA account to check your eligibility and enroll.

Since January 4, the Department of Social Services has been contacting eligible New Yorkers who are working and receiving Cash Assistance. The program expanded in April to include all eligible New Yorkers who are working and receiving Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Eligible New Yorkers will be mailed notification about how to enroll.

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 at or below the federal poverty level who are working and receiving Cash Assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from the New York City Department of Social Services may be eligible. Mailings to these eligible New Yorkers began in January. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, you can check your eligibility on ACCESS HRA.

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

Starting this fall, the City will expand the program to eligible New Yorkers living in NYCHA housing, enrolled CUNY students, and student veterans at or below 100% of poverty line.

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.

Once you have received your eligibility notice, you can log into your ACCESS HRA account online to enroll in Fair Fares NYC. You must agree to the "Conditions of Use" online and update your mailing address, if it has changed. You will also be able to see if other members of your household are eligible.

If you are an eligible adult who is NOT the head of the Cash Assistance or SNAP case, you can ask the head of the case to log into his or her ACCESS HRA account for you. You can then sign up to participate in Fair Fares NYC by agreeing yourself to the "Conditions of Use."

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

Visit the ACCESS HRA website.

The Fair Fares NYC MetroCard discounted price is:

  • $16.50 for the 7-day Fair Fares NYC MetroCard
  • $63.50 for the 30-day Fair Fares NYC MetroCard
  • $1.35 for a single fare using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard

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 accept cash payment for Fair Fares NYC MetroCards.

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

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