Fair Fares NYC is a City program created by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and members of the City Council to help New Yorkers with low incomes manage their transportation costs. Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, eligible New York City residents receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Pay-per-Ride, weekly unlimited, and monthly unlimited options are all available.
The first two phases of Fair Fares NYC have launched for certain eligible New Yorkers receiving Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In Fall 2019, the next phase of Fair Fares will expand to certain CUNY students, veteran students, and NYCHA residents who meet the program’s eligibility criteria. If you are potentially eligible, you will be contacted by CUNY, the NYC Department of Veterans Services, or NYCHA with more information.
In January 2020, the City will launch an open enrollment process for all eligible New Yorkers at or below the Federal Poverty Level who don’t have discounted transportation from the MTA or the City. Those who were previously enrolled in the program and are still eligible will be given an opportunity to recertify and receive the benefit again. All other eligible applicants will be able to apply through an online platform.
Eligible New Yorkers will receive a letter from the Fair Fares program informing them of how to enroll online through the link below.
94,579 New Yorkers have enrolled in Fair Fares NYC!