MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard Program
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also called MTA) has a program that lets you pay a reduced fare to travel on New York City’s public subways and buses. This discount is also available for travel on the Long Island Rail Road and bus, Staten Island Railway, and Metro-North Railroad. Some railways and buses do not accept the Reduced-Fare MetroCard during weekday rush hours.

The Reduced-Fare MetroCard will have your name and picture on it. You can use it to buy unlimited ride passes or pay-per-ride passes.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, please print and fill out the application form and send it back to the program. You can get an application from:

  • Bus operators
  • Token booth clerks 
  • The Department for the Aging
  • The MTA Service Center
  • MetroCard Bus or Van
  • The NYC Transit by calling 1-718-243-4999 or 1-212-MetroCard (1-212-638-7622)

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