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Reduced transit fares provide economic relief for local residents at the poverty level

MIAMI (July 08, 2016)

Local residents who earn between 150 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level can now enjoy some economic relief by riding Metrobus and Metrorail at half fare.

Employed Miami-Dade county residents, whose annual income is between $17,820 and $23,760, qualify to obtain a specially-coded Commuter Reduced Fare EASY Card. This card can be loaded with monetary value, a 1-Month Pass for $56.25, a 7-Day Pass for $14.60, or a 1-Day Pass for $2.80.

The change and expansion of those who qualify for the reduced fare is thanks to a resolution recently passed by Miami-Dade County Commissioners, who put forth the resolution with the intent of easing the economic hardship of working families in Miami-Dade County, and to encourage more people to use transit.

To apply for the Commuter Reduced Fare EASY Card, local residents can go to the Golden Passport Office, located on the first floor of the Government Center Metrorail Station, at 111 NW 1st Street, Miami, Florida 33128. The center is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

Applicants must show proof of having:

  • A valid Florida Driver’s License or Florida ID showing a Miami-Dade County physical address
  • A Social Security card
  • Annual income must be between $ 17,820 and $23,760, sample proof of income:  2015 Tax Return
  • A 2015 W-2 Tax Form
  • One month of paycheck stubs

The Commuter Reduced Fare card (with photo) is valid for two years and requires biennial renewal.

For more information on this card, residents can call 305-891-3131, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on fares and transit services, the public can visit the Department of Transportation and Public Work’s Transit website. This site contains complete schedule information, station maps, and other transit information, and can be used to plan a transit trip using the Google Trip Planner.

Residents also can download the MDT Tracker app; a free app that can provide real-time arrival times, transit information, and more. The app is available for both iPhones and Androids.

Transit users also can follow DTPW on its Transit Twitter and Facebook accounts for service updates.