The City is finally considering a new plan that will make riding the subway a lot more affordable for low-income residents.
The proposal, known as the “Fair Fares” campaign, would allow anyone ages 18 to 64, making on average less than $24,000/yr, to purchase a half-priced MetroCard — single rides at $1.35 and unlimited MetroCards offered at half price, for travel on the subway and all MTA buses (New York City Transit and the MTA Bus Company), excluding express buses.
“The MTA should be available to everyone in our city, not just those with credit cards in their pocket who can afford a monthly pass, but to those with a few bucks in their pockets who are struggling to take care of their families and get ahead,” David Jones, president of the Community Service Society and de Blasio’s nominee to the MTA board, said in a NY Daily News article.
The idea was first brought to Mayor Bill de Blasio back in April 2016 by the Riders Alliance, NYC Controller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James and the Mayor has officially stated he would evaluate the plan.
Over one-and-half million low-income New Yorkers would benefit from the discounted fare program as the plan states approximately 807,933 residents live below the poverty level. With the fare expected to rise to $3 in 2017, this plan would be exceptionally beneficial to families who must choose between a meal or riding the train.