New York City

Half-price MetroCard program expanding this year

July 1, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CITYWIDE — THE CITY’S NEW budget, announced last week by Mayor Adams and the City Council, includes funding for a significant expansion of the Fair Fares program, under which New Yorkers close to the poverty line can buy half-priced MetroCards, reports Gothamist. The discount is currently available to anyone making up to 120% of the federal poverty level and will soon cover up to 145% of the federal poverty level, or $21,837 for a single person. Around 340,000 New Yorkers are signed up for Fair Fares, and the new expansion will make a further 200,000 eligible — but transit advocates say the program is under-used and under-publicized, as nearly a million NYC residents could potentially qualify for the cards.

Eligible city residents can apply for Fair Fares online on the city’s website or in person at Human Resources Administration offices. The cards work on city buses, subways and Access-A-Rides but cannot be used on suburban railways, express buses or the AirTrain.

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