Metro's Reduced Fare Program for People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens

To participate in the reduced fare program, you must present one of the following forms of valid ID:

  • Metro Disability ID
  • Government-issued ID with photo
  • Medicare card and photo ID

People with Disabilities

People with disabilities who have a valid Metro Disability ID card may ride for half the peak fare on Metrorail, and for 85¢ cash or cash or paying with a SmarTrip® card, on regular Metrobus routes, and for discounted fare on other participating bus service providers.

Metro will issue visitors a one-time courtesy Metro Disability ID card good for up to one month. You must present a valid transportation ID card from another transit agency along with a valid government-issued photo ID. Bring them to our Metro Transit Accessibility Center located at 600 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Visitors 65 years of age or older may get the senior citizen discount by showing a photo ID card including date of birth and address.

Free orientations on how to use Metrobus and Metrorail services are available to senior citizens and people with disabilities by calling 202-962-2780 or TTY 202-962-2033.

Learn more about the Reduced Fare Program for People with Disabilities (Metro Disability ID Card)

Senior Citizens (aged 65 and older)

If you are a senior citizen with a disability, you do not need to apply for the Metro Disability ID Card. As a senior citizen, you already qualify for reduced fares. Senior citizens may ride for half the peak fare on Metrorail, for 85¢ on regular Metrobus routes, and for discounted fare on other participating bus service providers.

Senior citizens may purchase a Senior SmarTrip® to pay the reduced fare or add a Metrobus 7-Day Bus Pass to their existing Senior SmarTrip® card by presenting a valid government-issued photo ID card (driver's license, non-driver's ID or passport) at these locations.

If you are a local resident, you may pay the reduced bus fare by showing the bus operator a government-issued photo ID that includes your date of birth.

If you are visiting the area, you may pay the reduced bus fare by showing the bus operator a valid government-issued photo ID that includes your date of birth and address, or purchase the Senior SmarTrip® card and/or the $8.75 Metrobus Weekly Senior Pass at one of these locations.

Please note: Reduced fare SmarTrip® cards for senior citizens are not sold in vending machines located in Metro stations nor are parking fees reduced. In addition, the $2 fee for the Senior SmarTrip® card is the cost of the card. This card has no monetary value. To add value, you must load value using a blue Fare Vending machine at any Metrorail station or a bus farebox that accepts SmarTrip®.

For more information about purchasing a SmarTrip® card and buying passes,
see Senior SmarTrip® card or Metro Disability ID information or call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780.

Advantages of a SmarTrip® Card

For the advantages of a SmarTrip® card, please see our SmarTrip® Q&A.


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