Fair Fares NYC

Fair Fares NYC

Pay-per-ride is now available!

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 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 in Fair Fares NYC.

The first phase of Fair Fares NYC launched in January 2019 for working New Yorkers receiving cash assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance benefits. If you are eligible for Fair Fares NYC, you will receive a letter telling you where to pick up your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard.

All Fair Fares NYC MetroCards come ready to add time or value.  When you add time to your Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, you will be charged half the current price for the unlimited weekly or monthly option. When you add value, you will add the amount you choose to your card and the turnstile will deduct half the current fare

Important Information Regarding Eligibility for Fair Fares NYC

You might be eligible for a Fair Fares NYC half-priced MetroCard if you meet the following criteria.

You are:

  • A resident of the five (5) boroughs of New York City and
  • Between the ages of 18 and 64 and
  • Currently employed and
  • Not currently participating in any other reduced-fare MetroCard program and
  • Receiving SNAP and/or Cash Assistance from the NYC Human Resources Administration and also

Your pre-tax annual household income is at or below the following limits:

Persons in household Income
1 $12,490
2 $16,910
3 $21,330
4 $25,750
5 $30,170
6 $34,590
7 $39,010
8 $43,430

(For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,420 for each additional person).

If you meet all of the above criteria, you might be eligible for Fair Fares NYC.

Please note that not all New Yorkers who might meet all the above criteria are eligible at this time.

Based on the information provided on this page, if you think you might be eligible for the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, please call the HRA InfoLine at 718-291-4141 for more information.

Read the Fair Fares NYC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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