Fair Fares NYC

Fair Fares NYC

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 to ACCESS HRA, which is fully accessible from a computer or a mobile phone. Eligible New Yorkers with ACCESS HRA accounts may also receive an alert via their ACCESS HRA homepage after logging in.

Eligible New Yorkers may also visit a Fair Fares location to enroll in the program. Bring your eligibility letter with you to enroll.

Fair Fares Locations.

All Fair Fares NYC MetroCards come ready to add time and/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 when you swipe.

78,145 New Yorkers have enrolled in Fair Fares NYC!

Important Information Regarding Eligibility for Fair Fares NYC

You might be eligible for a Fair Fares NYC MetroCard if you meet all of 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
  • Not currently participating in any other reduced-fare MetroCard program and
  • Either
    • A currently employed New Yorker receiving SNAP and/or Cash Assistance from the NYC Human Resources Administration or
    • A CUNY student, veteran student, or NYCHA resident (as of Fall 2019)

and also

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

Persons in household


















(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.

Based on the information provided on this page, if you think you might be eligible for the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, log on to ACCESS HRA at nyc.gov/accesshra to check your eligibility status or contact 311. If you need assistance or have questions, please call 311.

Read the Fair Fares NYC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Sign Up for Fair Fares Through ACCESS HRA

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