FaresLeft - Check MetroCard Balance Online

Created by Eddie Sanchez.

I'm a Developer in Queens Village, NY. I work at EZFacility, Inc.. Previously, I've worked at SITA, Computershare, Newsday. I earned a B.S. from Stony Brook University.

Project Description

An online website to check the balance (at this time there is no public API provided by the MTA, so the information you see on the website is randomly generated) on your New York City MetroCard as well as the number of fares/rides left by using the serial number on the back of your MetroCard. You can also find the nearest subway entrance and bus stops to your location as well as any location in New York City.

We are making this app because currently, the only way to check your balance and see how many fares left you have is at a turnstile or a fare machine. As New Yorkers there have been too many times where we entered a subway entrance and swiped our MetroCard just to find out we do not have any fares left.

What if you get to the subway or bus stop, find out you don't have enough balance and you don't have enough money on you? With you can check your balance before you head out the door and know in advance if you need to refill your MetroCard. You can also visit the website on your mobile smartphone if you are on the go. For parents, you can now be confident your child has enough on their MetroCard to make it to and from school.

Besides being able to check your MetroCard balance, we would also like to provide the ability to refill your MetroCard online through the website, making it even more convenient to use a MetroCard.

FaresLeft improves NYC residents and its visitor lives by making something that is inconvenient, convenient.

FaresLeft eliminates the frustrations of not having enough balance on your MetroCard as well as not being able to check your balance at fare checker machines. By being able to know your balance ahead of time, New Yorkers will make better use of their MetroCard, thereby increasing mass transit use.

The more people using mass transit the less vehicle traffic there will be, reducing congestion and pollution.

The easier it is for for people to use their MetroCard the more they will be willing to use it. The more they us

Project Goals

  • To provide an online tool for New Yorkers and visitors to be able to check their MetroCard balance.

  • For the MTA to make MetroCard data available through public data sets and/or API's

  • Create native mobile applications for FaresLeft on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8

Project Updates

MTA Data

June 5, 2013

Due to the MetroCard data not being publicly available, we developed a class library around the attributes of a MetroCard that would interface with a hypothetical MetroCard API.


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anne martino

expired metro card



Can i check a metro card to see the dates and times it was used



This is a great idea. I'd love to know why the MTA wasn't willing to provide card data. Do tell.


William Berzak

My senior citizen card expires on 8/31/15 and I received a new card.
Does the balance from the expired card get put into the new card?
If it doesn't how do I move the balance over to the new card?
Thank You



Wow, Eddie. This is an awesome project. Slick video. Like everyone else, I want to check what's left on a card and I'm in SC. So there's no way for me to check it in the subway. Ridiculous NY hasn't come up with this on their own. Best of luck!


Earl Christian

all I need to do is check my metro card balance,wow


Swaggy P

I've always had the urge to make an app similar to your idea, I think it's a great idea and will be simple to use and very resourceful, I just wish I had brought more attention to it.





patricia mailaro

how do I check my mta metro card balance



WE agree with what you said, unfortunately there is nothing out there. This was a NYC Big apps competition and one of the things we hoped is that this would bring attention to that and since we had already done some of the leg work that the MTA would meet us half way... lets just say things didn't work out that way.



This service should be provided by MTA itself not a second or third party; MTA charges a lot and is making a lot of money and they should have already an iPhone and Android App created with all that information, actually people should be paying with their phones using an app.



Hey Eddie, I tried the and is not working,



As previously mentioned, we have a complete site just waiting for an awesome API feed from the MTA. Anybody with some MTA connections that can make that happen,if you could please contact us that would be much appreciated. Other than that the site is down right now cause it was too popular and we couldn't keep up with all the requests.


Victor Kleinman

Your "NEW" site takes me back to where is was originally.
Where is the site to find out what is left on my Metro Card?


Victor Kleinman

where is the site



We thought so too but we were let down by the competition. We could use a connection to make this possible. Someone in the MTA who could make this data available.



This is one of the best ideas out there thus far...Let's get this show on the road. I actually currently need to know the balance on my card but I'm on campus, so I can take the bus that stops right in front of my school's entrance BUT the train station is so far away and an inconvenience for me to walk to, JUST to find out if I have enough on my card. #frustrations



Great idea, but the site no longer exists. 0.o

** As for all you stupid idiots asking how to check your balance, or posting your card info -- THIS ISN'T THE SITE! Duh!





Scott , Server not found. and yet it is in beta mode. iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8, I searched my app on Samsung Galax3 / google apps / play apps and still nothing. lol hopefully they will get it working correctly.


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