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

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Rebecca Fontana

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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