City Council’s Budget Plan Proposes Giving Poor New Yorkers Half-Priced MetroCards

April 13, 2018 11:45 pm Last Updated: April 13, 2018 11:45 pm

A majority of New York’s City Council members have supported a plan that would give low-income New Yorkers access to half-priced MetroCards through an increase in taxes on the wealthy.

Speaker Corey Johnson and council members announced the initiative as part of the council’s fiscal year 2019 budget recommendations.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that while he supports the measure, the city currently doesn’t have room in the budget to support the $212 million proposal, according to

The discounted MetroCards would be available to those living under the federal poverty line. For example, a family of four with an income of $25,100 would qualify for the discounted fare.