Fair Fares NYC Program Final Rule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Monday, January 27, 2020

The Fair Fares NYC Program helps New York City residents with low incomes manage their transportation costs by providing them with a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. The first phases of Fair Fares NYC have already been launched for certain eligible New Yorkers receiving Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and certain CUNY students, student veterans, and NYCHA residents who meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

In accordance with Section 603 of the City Charter and Article VII of the New York State Constitution, DSS/HRA now adds Chapter 12 to Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York to fully implement the program and make it available to all eligible New Yorkers who are at or below the Federal Poverty Level who do not already have discounted transportation from the MTA or the City or another duplicative transportation benefit. The need for the City of New York to provide a Fair Fares NYC MetroCard is significant. To date, nearly 100,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in the Fair Fares NYC program.

This rule establishes requirements and rules of the Fair Fares NYC Program.

Specifically, the rule:
• Sets forth definitions relevant to the administration of the Fair Fares NYC Program.
• Sets forth eligibility requirements for Fair Fares NYC.
• Sets forth rules for using the Fair Fares MetroCard.
• Sets forth the administrative review process.
• Establishes confidentiality protections that safeguard information concerning applicants and participants.
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Proposed Rule: