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Half Fare for Senior Citizens

   Half Fare Senior Citizen tickets are issued to (who else?) Senior Citizens (over 65 years of age) upon their payment of a full fare and presentation of valid identification card at the token booth. They then received the following ticket for a return trip for free. This in effect give a passenger a round trip for the cost of only a one way fare. 

   The New York City Transit Authority Reduced Fare for the Elderly program was inaugurated on July 1, 1969 (US Senate, "Older Americans and Transportation: A Crisis in Mobility; Document 91-1520; 12/29/1970) and was made possible by Federal subsidies. Applicants had to be over 65 years of age and not employed full time.

   Upon presentation of an identification card, seniors were eligible to pay 15 cents instead of the regular 30 cents fare throughout the New York City Transit Authority system during the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 12:00 am, Monday through Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.

   The methods for paying are somewhat different between rapid transit (subway and elevated lines) from surface transit (bus routes):

   Tickets were originally good for only rapid transit (subway / elevated) use. Usage was later expanded to include surface transit.

Reduced Fare Identification Card - 1969

Reduced Fare Identification Card 1970(?) - 1973
Reduced Fare Identification Card - 1978 - 1989

5 1/4" (w/o selvage) x 2"


5 1/8" (w/o selvage) x 2"

5 3/8" (w/ 5/16" selvage) x 2"



7" (w/o selvage) x 2"

Half Fare Senior Citizen Tickets not frequently encountered, but seen. Strangely enough, older issues are more readily encountered than newer varieties.
As such, older tickets 1970's - 1980's at $2.00 - $3.00 each, with selvage $3.00 to 5.00.
Newer tickets 1990's, 2000's through introduction of MetroCard: $5.00 to $6.00 circulated - $6.50 to 7.50 with selvage.

Half Fare for Handicapped   

   Half fare for handicapped persons was not instituted until September 1, 1975, six years after the half fare for senior citizens was adopted.

   This is the photo identification card necessary to present to a token booth clerk to be eligible to pay reduced fare.

   Upon presentation of the above identification card and payment of full fare; the handicapped passenger was issued a half fare ticket as seen below. This allowed the handicapped passenger a free return trip. and by which allowed the individual to travel the subway system for half fare.

January 16, 1980 - Rockaway Parkway
(not good on bus lines)

January 31, 2007 - 22nd Avenue
(acceptable on buses, both NYCTA and private operator)

Half Fare Handicapped Tickets not as frequently encountered in circulated conditions as senior citizen half fare tickets, however unissued remainder books are available for sale.
uncommon in issued condition; $5.00 - $6.00;
unissued book common: $10.00


Page 1: Fare Tickets & Employee PassesPage 7: Half Fare Tickets - Sundays / Weekends
Page 2: Tokensyou are on Page 8: Half Fare Tickets - Senior Citizens & Handicapped
Page 3: Continuing Ride Tickets & Transfers - Rapid TransitPage 9: School / Student / Pupil Reduced Fare & Free Passes
Page 4: Continuing Ride Tickets & Transfers - Surface; Streetcar LinesPage 10: Special Issue Tickets
Page 5: Continuing Ride Tickets & Transfers - Surface; Bus RoutesPage 11: Staten Island Rapid Transit
Page 6: Continuing Ride Tickets; Surface; Add-A-RidePage 12: Hudson and Manhattan & Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)


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