Stringer calls fair fares MetroCard program a 'mockery'

January 03, 2019 - 12:32 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- What happened to the fair fares MetroCard program?

That's the question City Comptroller Scott Stringer wants Mayor Bill de Blasio to answer.

In June, 800,000 low-income New Yorkers were promised half-price MetroCards under the "fair fairs" program which was supposed to take effect Jan. 1., 1010 WINS' Glenn Schuck reported.

Stringer approved $106 million for the program and says now they're getting the runaround. "There's been no public discussion, no transparency, there hasn't been a billboard or poster to announce the program," Stringer said. "This was supposed to be a game-changer in the anti-poverty movement -- instead it's starting to look like a mockery."

Mayor de Blasio said on Wednesday the program is set to roll out in a few days but Stringer says that's impossible because riders have no idea on how to even sign  up, Schuck reported.