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The Riders Alliance will share stories highlighting the role that the current limited Fair Fares program is already playing in New Yorkers lives and fan out to collect more data from low-income New Yorkers about their experiences learning about, applying for, and using their half-fare MetroCards.
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Grassroots members and organizers from the Riders Alliance will share stories highlighting the role that the current limited Fair Fares program is already playing in New Yorkers lives.
They will also fan out to collect more data from low-income New Yorkers about their experiences learning about, applying for, and using their half-fare MetroCards, anticipating that the city benefit will become more widely available in the new year.
The event starts this Wednesday, November 6, at 11 am Jay Street-MetroTech Station, at Jay Street and Willoughby Street, NW corner.
Council Members Ydanis Rodriguez and Rafael Espinal, members and organizers with the Riders Alliance, CUNY CityTech Students and members of NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, and Harold Stolper, chief economist at the Community Service Society will all be present.
As Fair Fares enrollment surpasses the 89,000 mark, and with Mayor Bill de Blasio having pledged to make reduced transit fares available to all 750,000 New York adults living at or below the poverty line this January, members of the grassroots Riders Alliance will announce initial findings. They will also expand their survey of early program adopters to inform the City’s broader 2020 roll-out. Riders Alliance will kick off additional Fair Fares outreach to potentially qualified CUNY students and NYCHA residents as program users report time saved, money saved, and increased access to work opportunities from more affordable public transit
On the first of a series of “Days of Action,” the Riders Alliance will detail preliminary survey results and solicit additional information about the Fair Fares program from the existing user base of New Yorkers living at or below the poverty line to help ensure that the benefit is rapidly and effectively expanded come January.