Really too much of a hassle(application, take pics at Metrocard location, 2 weeks to process) to bother.
For a reduced fare you must either fill out an application (you can do this in person at an office downtown - getting one by mail can take a long time) or do pay-as-you-go with cash by showing roof of age to a bus driver or booth attendant.
Info on both here: http://web.mta.info/nyct/fare/rfindex.htm
Whether to spend the time and effort to get the card at the office or pay by cash is a personal decision. Be aware not all subway entrances have attended booths and you cannot get reduced fare from the machines without the special card.
The savings will be relatively modest in the context of your other trip expenses web.mta.info/nyct/fare/NewFareInformation.htmEdited: 10 June 2018, 20:43
I agree with ter. Think about it like this; you're on vacation, how much are you really saving for the metro card, does it make that much of a difference?
Proof of age (not roof) - need more coffee.
The bottom line, will you spend/waste more than $16 worth of vacation time obtaining the card or making sure you have exact change in coins for the buses and seeking out subway entrances with attended booths?Edited: 10 June 2018, 20:54
Plus if you are staying for several days and using the subway often, a 7 day unlimited Metrocard is a great bargain at $32.
I know the reduced fare is $16, but it can be a pain to go through the application procedure.
You can save $16 just by eating a few lunches at the street vendors or visiting some great free attractions in the city.Edited: 10 June 2018, 20:57
Some people are just nuts for discounts, if it makes them happy to spend their vacation hours pursuing small savings well...I was recently behind a group of French tourists visiting Hospicio Cabañas in Guadalajara, the awesome Orozco murals with a French language once per weekend day - they missed their language tour in order to save the equivalent of $5 USD for the group of 4. Really. Get a clue and a perspective!
OK thanks! It actually seems like a loot of hussle, so probably won't bother with it, just as you said ;) Thanks for the info (roof of age made my day :D)
If your mother wants a 7 day unlimited card, she needs to go to the MTA office on Stone Street and apply. It takes 15-20 minutes and they will do the photo and notarized statement. Not a big deal. Otherwise, she can go to a manned booth at subway stations, show her proof of age and get a 2 trip reduced Fare metrocard for $2.75 . She can also pay $1.35 on the NYC buses and get a transfer (to another bus not the subway). Its very easy to get the discount.
She can get the reduced fare on a bus by putting $1.35 in exact change (no pennies & no bills) in fare box and showing ID w proof of age if requested.
For the subway, you have to go to a station with a human attendant in a booth. She pays them $2.75 (no limit on bills or pennies), plus ID w/age, and they give one round-trip reduced fare metrocard. You can buy only one round-trip at a time and you cannot buy them from machines. So have to buy one at a time at a booth in an attended station.
Is there an echo in here?