Op-ed | Promoting ‘transit equity’ for all New Yorkers

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Transit Equity Day falls in February and its values are prioritized every day at the MTA.

Our system is a gateway to jobs, education, and opportunity for millions of families from the Rockaways to Wakefield, providing service 24 hours a day, seven days a week for $2.75 a ride as far as they need to go. And we look forward to making improvements that will help us more effectively advance equity throughout the five boroughs.

First, on fares. I am working with the new team in City Hall to double enrollment in the city’s Fair Fares program, which provides discounted MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers. At the same time, the MTA is preparing to introduce a package of exciting fare promotions in the weeks ahead, including, the first-ever fare-capping pilot for subway and bus customers paying with OMNY, and  the expansion of the commuter railroads’ special flat fare for travel wholly within NYC on off-peak trains throughout the week.

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