Government Reaches Deal to Keep Student MTA Fares Free


Being a middle or high schooler in New York can’t be easy, what with the constant reminders of things you can’t (legally) do yet (namely, drink), looks you can’t achieve (namely, Waldorf and Van der Woodsen), and things you can’t afford. But tonight the state legislature is giving the tweens and teens of the city a small assist (for that third one, at least), crafting a deal that will allow students to keep their free MetroCards. The state will contribute $25 million to the student MetroCard program, and the legislature will lift a cap on MTA borrowing for its five-year rebuilding and maintenance program. About 585,000 students in the city currently receive free or discounted MetroCards for up to three trips daily during the school year.

NYC students could get to keep free MetroCards after MTA, Gov. Paterson, Legislature reach deal [NYDN]