Beginning January 1998, MTA Metro-North Railroad customers on the Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines who sign up for a combination monthly rail ticket/MetroCard through the mail will reap the benefits of a reduced fare. The combination ticket puts both the rail ticket and the MetroCard conveniently on one ticket. Customers can receive the MetroCard portion of their ticket with $30, $60, or no value encoded on it. Up to $80 in value can be encoded subsequently if needed at a subway station booth. Customers who opt for the $60 value become a Mail&Ride Plus customer and receive an additional nine percent discount on their monthly ride ticket, plus four free rides on their MetroCard. Customers who choose the $30 option receive two free rides on the MetroCard. The nine percent discount on the monthly rail ticket, however, is available only with the $60 MetroCard value.
If customers who now use NJ Transit's Mail-Tik transfer to Mail&Ride, Mail-Tik will be discontinued automatically. The rail ticket and the $60 MetroCard expire at the end of each calendar month. The Metro-North discounts and MetroCard free rides are not available with monthly tickets bought at ticket windows. Customers who use the Suffern station are not eligible for Mail&Ride or Mail&Ride PlusMore information and applications for Mail&Ride Plus, call (800) METRO-INFO, or in New York City (212) 532-4900. Mail&Ride tickets can be paid for with a check, credit card, or automatic debit.