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New Yorkers making less than $24,000 a year may get half-priced MetroCards

New Yorkers making less than $24,000 a year may get half-priced MetroCards
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Living in NYC puts a strain on almost anyone’s wallet, but a new initiative is hoping to make it a tiny bit easier. The proposal would allow anyone ages 18 to 64 living below the federal poverty level to receive half-priced MetroCards.


Right now that level is $24,000 for a family of four, and there are 300,000 working poor New Yorkers. The new program would change the fee for one subway ride from $2.75 to $1.35, and it would influence about 800,000 New Yorkers, saving each participant about $700 annually. There are currently similar programs in existence that allow students and disabled residents to receive discounted MetroCards.


And the new initiative would be especially helpful once subway fare goes up to $3 in 2017.


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Coley S

Woooooo, yeah, sign me up, half priced fare. How do I vote for this to make this happen? Can they make half priced unlimited day, week, month, year cards too?

Anna F

yeahhhhhhhhh. Now I want to know when we are going to have rights for affordable housing. When they going to make stop the hanky panky on affordable unites in NYC. We, the poor people never get it.

Yoni B

Where can I find out about registering for this?

Mary F

@Yoni B They didn't pass the law yet.  I could do with it too.  I'm a prisoner in my house.  Having the less expensive fare would really help me look for work.