DESCRIPTION: People who are elderly and/or have a disability are eligible for discount fares on state-owned bus transit systems as well as rail transportation systems that serve Connecticut. Eligibility requirements and restrictions vary for each transportation agency.
DISCOUNT BUS FARE PROGRAMS: Older adults ages 65+ and people with disabilities can pay reduced fares to ride transit buses when they show the driver their Medicare card or Connecticut Senior/Disabled ID card on all CTTransit (www.cttransit.com/SeniorDisabled/ReducedFareIdCard.asp) buses. Usually, the discount is 50% or less of the standard fare. Other bus transit districts may require documentation of age and disability.
DISCOUNT RAIL FARE PROGRAMS: Amtrak (https://www.amtrak.com/home.html) provides a 10% fare discount for older adults ages 62+ and people with disabilities. Metro-North (http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/fares.htm#b2) rail service to New York City from Connecticut offers a 50% discount off regular one-way fares (except for on-peak morning hours) for older adults ages 65+ and people with disabilities. Documentation of age or disability is required for any rail discount.
**The Connecticut Department of Transportation unveiled a new card, “Go CT Card” as of October 29, 2018, that provides a prepaid card for easy access to use on all CTtransit, CTtransit Express, and CTfastrak busses throughout the state. The same discounts a rider receives with a regular fare ticket, but the card and the funds on it will never expire. Riders will not have to have exact change or purchase a ticket each time.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE: Search by service names:
Local Bus Services
Local Rail Services
SOURCES: Amtrak; CTTransit; Metro-North
PREPARED BY: 211/pt
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2020