Fare Increase for Metro-North Railroad Customers Traveling Within Connecticut and between Connecticut and New York

A Metro-North Railroad fair increase will go into effect on Monday, January 1, 2018. Fares will be increased for commuters traveling between stations within Connecticut and between Connecticut and New York stations.


The City will not be adjusting your payroll deductions.


If you are affected by this fare increase, you will need to change your payroll deductions by Monday, December 4, 2017, for the January 1, 2018, increase.

You must have sufficient funds in your transit account on that day to place your order for January. You may also add a personal debit or credit card to your account to make up any shortfall.


If you are enrolled in the Unrestricted Commuter Card Plan you will want to increase your payroll deductions, so that you have sufficient funds on your Commuter Card to purchase your January pass. You may also add funds to your Commuter Card with a personal debit or credit card. If you are enrolled in the Transit Pass Plan and have a Mail & Ride account, you will also need to update your election on the WageWorks website, where you can also view your account balance and update your payroll deductions.

Commuter Plans

As employee of the City of New York, you are eligible for using your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions to cover certain public transportation costs through the Commuter Benefits Program. The program is offered by WageWorks, the City’s commuter benefits provider, and works throughout the New York tri-state area.

The payroll deductions are taken from the first two paychecks of each month. In months with three pay periods there are no transit deductions taken from the third paycheck. You can always check your balance on the WageWorks website.

There are currently 5 plans available in the Commuter Benefits Program:

  • Access-A-Ride and Paratransit Plan
    This plan* lets you have your Access-A-Ride coupons or tickets delivered to your home by the 1st day of each month.
          * Requires eligibility

  • Commuter Card Plan
    The Commuter Card is a stored value card funded with your payroll deductions. It can be used to buy transit tickets and to apply for MTA programs.

  • Park-n-Ride Plan
    This plan* lets you pay for parking that you use to commute to work.
          * Requires enrollment in one of the other Commuter Plans.

  • Premium TransitChek MetroCard
    The Premium TransitChek MetroCard (Premium Card, or PMC) is an unlimited 12-month MetroCard that you can use for MTA subway and local buses.

  • Transit Pass Plan
    This plan lets you have your transit tickets delivered to your home by the 1st day of each month.


Sign up for the program.

Use the WageWorks Online Calculator to calculate your estimated savings.

Find your agency Commuter Benefits Coordinator.

See Commuter Benefits FAQ.