Half Fare Program

Half Fare Program--50% Discount on Fixed Route Services

Download the Application (pdf)

The City of Watertown Transit’s Half-Fare Program is a federally mandated program designed to provide reduced fares on fixed route services in compliance with the Federal Transit Administration’s half-fare requirements (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Subtitle B, Chapter VI, Part 609).

Who is eligible?

Medicare Cardholders - individuals who have been issued a Medicare card, regardless of age and disability

Seniors - individuals 60 years of age or older

Persons with Disabilities - individuals who, by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunction, or other permanent or temporary incapacity or disability, including those who are non-ambulatory wheelchair-bound and those with semi-ambulatory capabilities, are unable without special facilities or special planning or design to utilize mass transportation facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected.

Who is not eligible?

People whose sole incapacity is pregnancy, obesity, acute or chronic alcoholism or drug addiction, or have a contagious disease. Financial need is NOT a consideration

Where and when is the reduced fare in effect?

CitiBus Fixed Route Transit System only during all hours of operation.  Paratransit services are not included in this program. 

How to ride for less?

Eligible individuals must show proof of eligibility when boarding as detailed below:

1. Seniors (Age 60 and older)

a. Start by contacting Jefferson County Office for the Aging (315) 785-3191

b. Fill out Senior's Half-Fare program application.

c. Once approved, Jefferson County Office for the Aging will notify CitiBus of your approval.

 2. Individuals with Temporary or Permanent Disabilities.

  In most cases, individuals will have to apply for program.

   Identification that can be used to receive discount are: 

    a    Medicare card with a matching photo ID, or
    b    CitiBus Half-Fare ID


Accepted forms of Photo Identification

State-issued driver's license or non-driver ID, or
Valid (non-expired) passport, or
Current Employee ID

How to apply for a City of Watertown Transit Reduced Fare Identification Card

While only persons with disabilities are required to, all eligible individuals, are encouraged to obtain a CitiBus Half-Fare ID for ease in boarding

Applications can be obtained from:

  • Transit Operators
  • Visiting or calling the Transit Facility at 544 Newell St (315) 785-7772
  • Calling the Department of Public Works at (315) 785-7771
  • Download the application here

Be sure to complete the ENTIRE application.  Print clearly in ink and contact the City of Watertown Transit office located at City Hall, Department of Public Works, at (315) 785-7771 for instructions on submitting.

General Information
Phone Numbers
(315) 785-7772 (315) 785-7778
Fax: (315) 755-9379
Emergencies: Dial 911
544 Newell St.

Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm