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Steps to getting Fares and Passes  

The basic one-way fare on MTA Local Buses, Light Rail and Metro Subway is $1.60.  Customers may purchase a $3.50 Day Pass from the bus operator, or from a Light Rail or Metro Subway ticket vending machine, which allows unlimited daily travel on Local Buses, Light Rail, and Metro Subway.

Senior citizens, 65 years and older, can ride for approximately one-third the regular fare on Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway, and approximately one-half the regular fare on MARC Train service.

Eligibility for Senior/Disability Reduced Fares: 

Senior citizens (age 65+), Persons with Disabilities, and Medicare Cardholders must show one of the following to be eligible for reduced fares on MTA transit services:

·        a valid MTA Senior/Disability photo ID card, OR

·        any valid government issued photo ID with proof of age, OR

·        a valid disability ID from another transit agency and any valid government

                         issued photo ID, OR

·        a Medicare card and any valid government issued photo ID.


Senior photo ID cards are issued at the MTA Certification Office located in the lobby of 6 St. Paul St. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Senior photo ID cards are also issued at various locations throughout the MTA service area. For further information or a current list of locations, email the MTA or call the Certification Office at 410-767-3441, TTY 410-333-2051 for people who are hearing and/or speech impaired. 


The one way Senior Reduced Fare is 55 cents. A Senior Day Pass is available for core services (Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway and Neighborhood Shuttle Bus). This Day Pass allows seniors to ride all day for $1.20. Express and premium charges apply. Reduced fare Monthly Passes are also available for $16.50. The passes must be used with a valid MTA photo Senior ID card. 

MARC train fares are based on distance.  For specific information, please visit our Website Home Page menu and click on “MARC Train Tickets”.  


To purchase MTA passes on-line, please visit our Website Home Page menu and click on “Buy Passes & Tickets on-line”.  


For the most convenient Pass Sales Outlet, please visit our Website Home Page menu and click on “Pass Sales Outlets”. 

Currently, WMATA SmarTrip® cards are not accepted as fare media by MTA.  Once MTA implements the use of smart cards, SmarTrip® will also be accepted on MTA local services.


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