Transportation advocates seek more affordable MetroCards

Transportation advocates are calling on the mayor, governor and the MTA to make MetroCards more affordable for low-income New Yorkers.

Transportation advocates are calling on the mayor, governor and the MTA to make MetroCards more affordable for low-income New Yorkers.

Transportation advocates are calling on the mayor, governor and the MTA to make MetroCards more affordable for low-income New Yorkers. (2/13/17)

BROOKLYN - Transportation advocates are calling on the mayor, governor and the MTA to make MetroCards more affordable for low-income New Yorkers. 

The Riders Alliance held a rally on the steps of City Hall before a City Council committee meeting on transportation oversight. 

They are calling on the mayor to set aside money to provide subsidized MetroCards to low-income individuals. 

Many lawmakers support the idea but disagree on who should pay for these subsidized MetroCards. 

An MTA spokesperson told News 12, “The MTA always tries to keep fares as low as possible and still provide safe, reliable service. The MTA already makes a substantial commitment to low-income City riders, including $625M annually MTA spends to subsidize services primarily available for NYC-only residents (such as elderly, paratransit and schoolchildren).”

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