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Half-Price MetroCards for Low-Income New Yorkers Get $50M Council Boost

(DNAINFO) Danielle Tcholakian | April 5, 2017 — The City Council’s latest budget proposal calls for $50 million in funding for a pilot program to provide half-price MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers.

Transit advocates, and even a top MTA board member appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, have been pushing for the subsidized MetroCards for months, with efforts intensifying since the recent MTA-approved fare hike.

“It’s so important for New Yorkers struggling to get around our city that this make it into the Mayor’s executive budget,” City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who chairs the Council’s transit committee, said in a statement after the budget proposal was released Tuesday night.

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