Now that the MTA has agreed not to phase out the Student MetroCard program that allows over 500,000 students to ride to school and back for free, there are many sighs of relief from students and their parents. A student at St. Joseph High School told WCBS 2, "My mom won't have to give me $4.50 every day to go to school. That saves me hundreds of dollars a year."

The MTA had wanted to cut the program to help plug an $800 million budget shortfall, but reversed the decision after the outrage. However, the agency pointed out that this means its deficit will grow—plus the state is contributing significantly less than in previous years (the state has its own budget problems; the city's contribution to the program is the same).

Those are details left to the MTA and state, though: One student told NY1, "When [the MTA] saw how mad people were getting and how it would affect them, I think they saw it was a mistake," and another said, "You feel like a huge achievement, like a total accomplishment, definitely. Being a freshman in my first year, I would like to go to the same school." And, speaking to how Student MetroCards liberate students from their local schools, a LES high school student spoke to the Post, "I think I would have had to drop out [if there were no free student MetroCards]... I would have had to go to my local school, and I wouldn't have had the same good chance of getting in to college," while a LaGuardia student said, "I want to be in fashion coordination, and my local school in Queens doesn't have that."