Fight for #FairFares!

Hundreds of thousands of very low-income New Yorkers can’t afford MetroCards, even though they rely on public transportation. So we’re fighting for half-priced MetroCards for Low-Income New Yorkers so everybody can afford to get on the subway and bus. Sign our petition for #FairFares! 

Photo by Riders Alliance member Scott Shaw

Photo by Riders Alliance member Scott Shaw

A report from the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) found that even though 58% of very low-income New Yorkers rely on subways and buses, one out of four cannot afford their MetroCard. For New York’s more than 800,000 working poor, transit expenses consume over 10 percent of their family budget, forcing them to choose between transit and other necessities.

That’s why we’re fighting for reduced fare MetroCards for low-income New Yorkers. Half-priced discounts on MetroCards are already available to seniors and the disabled, in addition to pre-tax transit benefits that save middle class New Yorkers hundreds of dollars on their MetroCards.

It’s time to help the lowest-income New Yorkers catch a break. Nobody should have to choose between a meal and a MetroCard.

Get involved! Tell us your story about the tough choices you’ve had to make and sign our petition to ask Mayor de Blasio to implement a program that would allow low-income families to purchase MetroCards at reduced rates.

Leslie and son Tafari photoRead Leslie’s story, a Riders Alliance member from Central Harlem who joined the fight for reduced fares for low-income riders because she wants to see
working people succeed.


Manny002 PhotoRead Manuel’s story, a Riders Alliance member from Queens who has volunteered at soup kitchens—but is no stranger to poverty himself. Even when employed, he has struggled to afford basic necessities like a MetroCard.


Samuelito004 PhotoRead Samuel’s story. Samuel joined the Riders Alliance to fight for reduced fares for low-income riders because he knows what it is like to have nothing: “I want people who struggle to be able to get on the train so they can get their shopping done, go to work and even have fun and see friends.”

If you’d like to sign on to support the #FairFares campaign, please contact Rebecca at

The Community Service Society of New York and the Riders Alliance are fighting for #FairFares with:

Public Advocate Letitia James
Comptroller Scott Stringer
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson
Council Member Adrienne Adams
Council Member Diana Ayala
Council Member Justin Brannan
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer
Council Member Inez Barron
Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Fernando Cabrera
Council Member Andy Cohen
Council Member Costa Constantinides
Council Member Robert Cornegy
Council Member Laurie Cumbo
Council Member Rafael Espinal
Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson
Council Member Mark Gjonaj
Council Member Barry Grodenchik
Council Member Robert Holden
Council Member Ben Kallos
Council Member Andy King
Council Member Peter Koo
Council Member Karen Koslowitz
Council Member Rory Lancman
Council Member Brad Lander
Council Member Stephen Levin
Council Member Mark Levine
Council Member Alan Maisel
Council Member Carlos Menchaca
Council Member Daneek Miller
Council Member Francisco Moya
Council Member Bill Perkins
Council Member Keith Powers
Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Debi Rose
Council Member Donovan Richards
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member Helen Rosenthal
Council Member Rafael Salamanca
Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuels
Council Member Ritchie Torres
Council Member Mark Treyger
Council Member Eric Ulrich
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams
Council Member Kalman Yeger
5 Boro Defenders
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE)
The Black Institute
Brooklyn Movement Center
Bronx Defenders
Brooklyn Defender Services
Center for Community Alternatives
Chinese American Planning Council 

CAAVOrganizing Asian Communities
Citizen Action of New York
Collegiate Congress
Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA)
Community Voices Heard (CVH)
Covenant House

Emergency Rent Coalition
Exalt Youth
Fast Food Justice
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies 
Fifth Avenue Committee
Fiscal Policy Institute
Good Shepherd Services
Housing Conservation Coordinators
Jewish Labor Committee
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Judson Memorial Church
Make the Road New York
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
National Action Network
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition
The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
The Legal Aid Society
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
New York City Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC)
New York Communities for Change (NYCC)
New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Planned Parenthood of New York City
Pratt Center for Community Development
Project Hospitality
Police Reform Organizing Project(PROP)
 Picture the Homeless
Red Hook Initiative
Regional Plan Association
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-NY)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
The Social Welfare Law Committee of the New York City Bar 
Straphangers Campaign
Street Vendor Project
Strong Economy for All
Theater of the Oppressed NYC
Transportation Alternatives
Transportation Workers Union Local 100
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
The West Side Commons
Women’s Center for Education & Career Advancement (WCECA)
Women’s City Club of New York
Women in Need: Win
Working Families
Workmen’s Circle