At last! The Fair Fares program will soon be extended to include qualifying student veterans, to finally fulfill a promise included in the NYC budget announced in June 2018. The measure was originally mandated to go into effect on January 1, 2019, to provide half-price MetroCards for more than 12,000 veterans enrolled in NYC colleges. Following months of delay, we have learned from the city that this will at last be implemented as follows:
About: Student veterans will get early access to the Fair Fares MetroCard benefit this fall (October) before the program becomes more broadly available to the public starting in January 2020
Outreach: The NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) has provided information to school administrators on how they can help their students sign up for the program. More information will become available this month (August).
Eligibility: Those who are eligible must be living at or below the federal poverty line, or have a household income of about $25,000
Are you one of NYC's 12,000 student veterans with a question about how you can get a half-price MetroCard this October? Contact your school administrator, or:
If you have questions, contact email@example.com
We will post updates as more information becomes available.