Fair Fares

Fair Fares NYC Outreach Day of Action

A person wearing a PEU t-shirt smiles at the camera and holds up a MetroCard in her left hand.

Currently, more than a quarter of a million New Yorkers receive the reduced-fare MetroCard benefit, saving New Yorkers more than $50 million by contributing an equal share to ridership for those low-income individuals in need. Yet, many more New Yorkers still qualify and need to enroll. That's why the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) has been working with HRA Fair Fares to reach hundreds of thousands of these New Yorkers to support them in enrolling.

PEU and HRA hosted an outreach Day of Action to connect New Yorkers across the five boroughs to Fair Fares, a City program that helps New Yorkers with low incomes manage their transportation costs.

Using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard, eligible New York City residents receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares, as well as MTA Access-A-Ride paratransit trips.

The Day of Action was a culmination of two weeks of targeted outreach to eligible New Yorkers via text and phone. PEU Specialists and CUNY interns canvassed at subway stations citywide to promote the Fair Fares NYC program.

This Fair Fares outreach was celebrated with a press conference that same day at Albee Square in Brooklyn, hosted by PEU and the Department of Social Services (DSS). Speakers at the press conference included Councilmember Crystal Hudson, State Senator Jabari Brisport, State Assembly Member Jo Ann Simon, Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, Department of Social Services First Deputy Commissioner Jill Berry, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer, Mayor's Public Engagement Unit Executive Director Adrienne Lever, and CUNY Career Launch Intern Synthia Jahan. The speakers reinforced the importance of accessible public transit, reminding all New Yorkers that, regardless of their immigration status and the languages spoken, they can be eligible for Fair Fares NYC.

The press event was held in partnership with NYC Small Business Services and featured tabling with City agencies, including PEU, HRA Fair Fares, WorkforceDevelopment, and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

If you think you or someone you know might be eligible, go to nyc.gov/FairFares to learn more.

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