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Half Fare

CDTA has designed a number of rider programs to support the unique needs of many of our riders. Programs designed to help create a better service experience include commuter programs, senior citizen programs, seasonal service programs and more.

Reduced Fare programs

CDTA offers numerous reduced fare options for riders of all ages. All of CDTA’s standard route services participate in the reduced fare options.


What Is The Half Fare Program?

The Federal Government, via the National Mass Transportation Act of 1974, requires that a half-fare policy in effect for seniors and people with disabilities during our off-peak hours. CDTA has expanded half fare rates to be valid throughout the entire day.

Who Qualifies for Half Fare?

Citizens age 65 and over, disabled individuals, Medicare card and CDTA half-fare ID cardholders are entitled to ride for half-fare on CDTA’s fixed route service. CDTA half-fare ID cards are issued by certain Departments for the Aging in Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, select CDTA Sales Offices and the CDTA Division in Troy.

  • Saratoga

    Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saratoga Springs Train Station – CDTA/Greyhound Ticket Office 26 Station Lane, Saratoga Springs
    (518) 584-8031

  • Schenectady

    IDs are taken on Monday 9:00 am to noon and Friday 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Schenectady County Department of Social Services
    797 Broadway #301, Schenectady, NY 12305
    518-382-8481 x 302

  • Troy

    Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
    CDTA Troy Division, 40 Hoosick Street Troy, NY 12180
    (518) 437-6822

  • Albany

    CDTA Sales Office from Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany NY 12206
    (518) 437-6875

How to Obtain a Card If You're Disabled

You must be certified as having a disability in order to get the half fare card.

Certification may be obtained in one of three ways:

  1. By showing proof that you are receiving a disability benefit under:
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Veterans Administration (VA) Disability.

*Award letters must be dated within 6 months of the date you are getting your ID done.

Take your award letter to any of the sites listed above on the days when ID’s are produced

  1. If you are currently receiving services from one of the human service agencies listed below, the agency needs to submit the required CDTA form on your behalf directly to CDTA’s Disability Certification Manager.

Center for Disability Services

Living Resources

NYS Commission for the Blind

Schenectady ARC


Foster Grandparents

NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities

Mohawk Opportunities

Rensselaer County Office of Mental Health

Department of Veteran Affairs-Veterans’ Industries

CDPC Community Support Program


Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company

Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital

Catholic Charities Disabilities’ Services

Foster Grandparent Program

Unlimited Potential Inc., Saratoga

The Arc of Rensselaer County

Northeast Career Planning

Capital District Psychiatric Center

Autism Society Greater Capital Region

Ellis Medicine PROS

These agencies will complete the certification process for you. You will be sent an approval letter by CDTA with instructions on how to obtain your half-fare ID Card.

  1. Contact CDTA’s ADA Certification Manager click here) which will be filled out by your physician and returned to CDTA. You will be given an approval letter with instructions on how to obtain the half-fare ID Card.
  2. You must get your ID within 6 months of the date on the CDTA approval letter.


You do not need a CDTA half fare card if you have a Medicare card, but it is suggested. You may use your Medicare card in lieu of a CDTA half-fare card on any CDTA fixed route bus. When you get on the bus, show your Medicare card to the operator, and using exact change, put half the regular fare into the fare box.

How much does it cost to ride?

Seniors and customers with disabilities with a valid ID or Medicare card pay half fare all the time.

Senior citizens (65 years and older) and riders with disabilities (with valid ID) pay:

  • $0.75 one way regular route trip
  • $1.00 one way BusPlus trip
  • $2.00 Day Pass (must buy on the bus)
  • Half Fare Rolling Swipers:
    • Weekday Card (Monday – Friday in the same month): $27.50; 31-Day Card (all month): $32.50
  • CDTA Sales Office 85 Watervliet Avenue (Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; click on fares & passes

How to Use Your Card

When you get on the bus, show your CDTA half-fare ID card or Medicare card to the bus operator, and using exact change, put half the regular fare into the fare box.


If your application for a half fare card is turned down, or if you have questions about the program, contact:

Tanya Pitts, ADA Certification Manager

110 Watervliet Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 437-8378
(518) 437-8391 fax