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How to get half-priced MetroCards from NYC's new Fair Fares program

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

Getting a discounted swipe into the subway system is easier than ever before.

Under the city's Fair Fares program, which helps low-income New Yorkers save 50 percent on subway and bus fares, has been expanded to include open enrollment, which you can now do online.

Last year, when the program debuted, only 30,000 residents were able to take advantage, but now it's open to all, including NYCHA residents, CUNY students, and veterans — as long as they are at or below 100 percent of poverty line. There is also a new pay-per-ride option in addition to weekly and monthly cards, according to Curbed.

The substantial discount cuts single rides down from $2.75 to $1.38 and monthly cards down from $127 to $63.50.

You're eligible if you are between 18 and 64 and don't already get a discounted MetroCard through another venue. You must also fall within a specific household income bracket, which you can find at Once you provide all the required documents to prove your eligibility, the city processes your application within 30 days.

Since the program started, more than 108,000 people have enrolled, according to the city.

For more information, check out the city's FAQ page.

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