“Our city’s public transit system is key to helping New Yorkers meet their basic obligations and succeed, but far too many people are struggling to consistently afford the fare. That’s why we called for expanding Fair Fares’ eligibility criteria to include New Yorkers at 200% of the federal poverty level, which will help up to 1.7 million riders access our subways and buses. The inclusion of this recommendation in the MTA’s Fareness Panel report is further proof that investing in affordable and reliable access to mass transit will result in an increased MTA ridership and a boost to our city’s economy. We urge the Administration to join in prioritizing the expansion of Fair Fares in the city budget and take the necessary actions to maximize the program’s reach to eligible New Yorkers.”