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Fair Fares NYC (FFNYC) | NYC Human Resources Administration

1. How it Works

Fair Fares NYC is a City program that helps low-income New Yorkers. Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, participating 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.

  • Submit your application online and then download the Fair Fares NYC document upload app to add required documents.
  • You should get a Fair Fares NYC MetroCard in the mail within three weeks of approval of your application.

2. Determine your eligibility

You may be eligible if you:

  • Live in NYC
  • Are between and including the ages of 18 and 64
  • Do not currently receive a discounted MetroCard
  • Have a household income that’s at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for your household size
Family Size Income in a year Income in a month Income in a week
1 $12,760 $1,063 $245
2 $17,240 $1,437 $332
3 $21,720 $1,810 $418
4 $26,200 $2,183 $504
5 $30,680 $2,557 $590
6 $35,160 $2,930 $676
7 $39,640 $3,303 $762
8 $44,120 $3,677 $848
For each additional person, add: $4,480 $373 $86


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3. What you need to include

If you need to submit documents when applying for Fair Fares NYC, please see the Fair Fares NYC List of Suggested Documentation.

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

New Yorkers can check their eligibility for Fair Fares NYC and apply online.

Apply online

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the Fair Fares NYC website for more information about the program.

Call 311

Call 311 to report the card lost or stolen, if you need help with your Fair Fares MetroCard, or have any question.

Call 511

Call 511, after you call 311 to report your card lost or stolen, to request a refund. You may be eligible for a refund if you bought a 30-day fare with a debit, credit, or EBT card. You must call 511 before the end of the 30-day unlimited ride period to qualify for a refund.

Call 311 for Fair Fares MetroCard replacements.

Visit a Fair Fares NYC office

Visit a Fair Fares NYC office to get help in person.

Last Updated Thursday, June 25th, 4:50pm