To participate in the reduced fare program, you must present one of the following forms of valid ID:
- Reduced Fare SmarTrip® Photo ID card
- Government-issued ID with photo
- Medicare card and photo ID
People with Disabilities
People with disabilities who have a Reduced Fare SmarTrip® Photo ID card may ride for half the peak fare on Metrorail, and for $1.00 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 Reduced Fare SmarTrip® Photo 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 202-962-1100 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 Reduced Fare SmarTrip® Photo ID card. As a senior citizen, you already qualify for reduced fares. Senior citizens may ride for half the peak fare on Metrorail, for $1.00 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 7-Day Regional 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 $7.50 7-Day Regional Bus 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®.
Advantages of a SmarTrip® Card
For the advantages of a SmarTrip® card, please see our SmarTrip® Q&A.
Washington, D.C. Kids Ride Free Program
The Kids Ride Free program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District of Columbia to get to school and school-related activities.
Learn more about the program.