Aging In Place
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Senior and Disabled Reduced Fare Program
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This program allows you to pay a reduced fare on all Washington, D.C., bus and rail routes operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). You may show proof of age or a Metro Disabled ID Card to ride buses or purchase reduced fare passes.

Train and bus services are available for all WMATA transit routes managed by the provider. An overview of WMATA’s operations include the following:

  • Metrorail: WMATA’s train system serves 91 stations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. In Virginia, train routes operate in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William. Within Maryland, Metrorail provides service from the counties of Montgomery and Prince George. To find a Metrorail train stop, look at WMATA’s station list.
  • Metrobus: WMATA offers more than 11,500 bus stops in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The system has approximately 1,500 buses traveling across 325 routes. To find a bus that meets your travel needs, use WMATA’s trip planner.

How do I apply?

If you are an older adult, you can get the reduced fare at WMATA’s sales offices. If you have a disability, you should obtain the Metro Disabled ID Card by contacting the Transit Accessibility Office at 1-202-962-2700.

You can also apply for the Reduced Fare Program by printing and filling out the application form. The application form must be provided in person at a WMATA office location. The program does not accept mailed or faxed forms. Please contact the program for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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