The MTA is basically an expert at ripping people off.
Fares are continually on the rise, which wouldn't be half as infuriating if there wasn't constant delay-causing construction and general unexplained inconveniences in our daily commutes.
But now, a new report is showing that more and more low-income New Yorkers are actually not taking jobs or seeking medical care simply due to the fact that they cannot afford the commute.
That's a serious problem.
So much so that Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James have spearheaded the "Fair Fare" campaign, which calls on Mayor de Blasio to offer affordable transit for New Yorkers below the poverty level.
Their request is based on their claims that 1 in 4 low-income New Yorkers cannot afford MetroCards, and for more than 300,000 of them, the cost for MetroCards exceeds 10% of their family budgets.
The campaign isn't asking for anything out of the ordinary, discounted transit fares already exist in other U.S. cities as well as London.
New Yorkers are behind it, too. A study done back in 2014 showed that 2 out of 3 New Yorkers supported reduced fair for low-income residents.
Hopefully, NYC can make some changes to better accommodate the city's working poor.[via DNA Info] [Feature Image Courtesy The New York Times]