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New Yorkers who make less than the federal poverty level qualify for Fair Fares.
As city employees return to offices and students to public schools, subways, buses and commuter rails are getting more crowded.
A spokesperson for the City Council says that more money will be added to the program as more people return to mass transit.
'This is just a no-brainer. People need to get places around the city, let’s help people do that.'
Enrollment soared after Fair Fares sign-up was made available online.
On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to extend the first phase of Fair Fares eligibility in the fall to include NYCHA residents, CUNY students and military veterans living below the federal poverty line.
According to video evidence posted to Twitter, their targets are mostly teenagers who, for whatever reason, haven't paid their fare.
'We're not seeing the kind of robust outreach and great implementation we saw with other of the mayor's priorities.'
'It is good to see the mayor taking this first step...but talk doesn't get you through the turnstile,' one advocate said.
'I think that [the de Blasio administration] bit off more than they could chew.'
The 'Fair Fares' half-price MetroCard program is supposed to begin in 2019, three days from now, but there is still no public plan.
'We write now with deep concern that, with less than a month before the scheduled launch, we have not yet seen a plan to offer all eligible New Yorkers an opportunity to enroll in Fair Fares.'
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