How do seniors qualify for the MTA reduced fare?


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To apply and qualify for MTA reduced fares, seniors age 65 and older must visit the official MTA website and download, read and complete an application. They must either enclose a photograph and acceptable proof of age and mail the application to MTA New York City Transit, or apply in person on a MetroCard bus or van, or at the walk-in MetroCard Customer Service Center in Lower Manhattan.

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All qualifying seniors receive a Reduced-Fare MetroCard with their names and photographs upon approval of the application. Seniors also automatically qualify for the EasyPay Reduced-Fare payment option, which links a credit or debit card to the Reduced-Fare MetroCard and automatically refills the balance on the card.

The reduced MTA fare for seniors is half the base fare or less with Reduced-Fare MetroCard discounts. Customers with a qualifying disability are also eligible for MTA reduced fares. Reduced fares for seniors apply to local MTA New York City Transit and MTA local buses at any time, and express buses any time except weekday rush hours. Reduced fares for seniors also apply to the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road any time, except on trains heading to New York City terminals during weekday rush hours.

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