Schools distribute Student MetroCards to eligible students at the beginning of each semester of the school year. Student MetroCards are different from regular MetroCards.

Use of Student MetroCards

Student MetroCards are:

  • Only to be used by the student it was assigned to
  • For traveling to and from school and school-related activities between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
  • For traveling only on days when the student’s school is open for classes.
  • Good for three trips each school day. This allows a student to travel to school, from school to an after school activity, and from that activity to home.
  • Valid for one school semester.

Types of Student MetroCards

  • Full-fare Student MetroCards allow students to travel to and from school and school-related activities by bus and subway at no cost.
  • Half-fare MetroCards allow students who live close enough to school to walk to take the bus to and from school and school-related activities. The student must pay half the fare each bus trip. Students can request a half-fare Student MetroCard from their school’s transportation coordinator.
  • There is a special four-trip Student MetroCard for students whose trip to school requires more than one transfer each way. You must request this type of card at your school.
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