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 low-income New Yorkers. Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, eligible New York City residents receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Pay-Per-Ride, 7-Day (Weekly) and 30-Day (Monthly) Unlimited Ride options are all available.
Fair Fares NYC applications are open to eligible New Yorkers at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and who don't have (and aren't eligible for) 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 renew and continue this discount. All other eligible applicants can apply online.
Fair Fares NYC began in early 2019 as a program for certain eligible New Yorkers receiving Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In Fall 2019, the program was expanded to certain CUNY students, student Veterans, and NYCHA residents who met the program's eligibility criteria.