Fair Fare

The Story

Mayor de Blasio and the city council have reached agreement on a “Fair Fares” program that would offer half-price MetroCards to the poor. The measure, which advocates suggest will reduce fare evasion in the subways, is meant to ease the cost of transit for those living below the poverty level. But the cost of subsidizing subway and bus fares for 800,000 New Yorkers could run as high as $250 million annually. For the city, taking on yet another entitlement program is fiscally unwise. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Cramp: Subsidized fares will increase ridership, which is already at or near capacity. Read more.

  2. Cushion: The city’s existing reserves should be protected, as they are not sufficient to cushion against an economic downturn. Read more.

  3. Poor: There is little evidence that fare evasion is driven by economic necessity. Read more.

“Where have all these ‘Fair Fares’ supporters been while my constituents pay $6.50 for a bus to Manhattan, or shell out $15 tolls to subsidize a subway system we don’t have access to?”

Council Member Joe Borelli, Staten Island

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The Past is Present

A Fair Fare By Nicole Gelinas (October 20, 2005)

”The MTA should spread its holiday cheer year-round.”

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