In June of 2018 — after over two years of grassroots organizing — Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council agreed to fund half-price MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers!
In January of 2019, the first phase of the program launched for New Yorkers receiving cash assistance or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from the Department of Social Services for New Yorkers.
According to the mayor’s office, NYCHA residents, CUNY students and veterans in poverty should qualify for Fair Fares in the Fall of 2019. By early 2020, Fair Fares will be available to all New Yorkers who live at or below the Federal Poverty Line.
Over the next year, we will be working with the city to make sure that Fair Fares will be available to all New Yorkers at or below the Federal Poverty Line by January 2020.
To learn if you qualify and to sign up online, please go to New York City’s Fair Fares page at https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/fair-fares-nyc.page
Read more about this important win at www.ridersny.org/victories.
For any questions about the issue or to get involved in the implementation efforts, please contact political director, Rebecca Bailin at firstname.lastname@example.org.