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MTA Service Delays & Fare Capping Pilot Program

Jan 4, 2022
man waiting for subway train

Due to the Omicron-driven COVID-19 spike in New York City, the MTA is experiencing a shortage of staff, leading to a number of delays and suspensions for subway lines and bus routes. Click here to keep track of the service status of MTA routes.  

Additionally, to encourage New York’s ridership recovery and reduce costs and uncertainty for public transportation customers, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced a pilot program to test a series of temporary promotional changes to fare structures for New York City Transit, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad. The pilot will begin Tuesday, March 1 and last for at least four months.

Under this pilot, customers who tap and go with OMNY would be charged the standard $2.75 pay-per-ride fare for their first 12 trips starting every Monday. Any further trips through the following Sunday would be free of charge. As a result, no OMNY customer would pay more than $33.00 per week, which is the current price of a seven-day unlimited-ride MetroCard. The MTA is retaining free transfers between subways and buses for all customers. Two-part trips that are linked by a free transfer between a subway and bus are considered a single trip toward the 12 needed to reach the fare-free threshold each week. Please note that OMNY is not yet compatible with reduced fares for seniors and those with disabilities. The MTA is working to integrate these reduced fares into the system.

Click here to learn more on the MTA’s fare capping pilot program.  

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