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Proposed Rules: Open to Comments

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Proposed Rules Content: 

Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule

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 proposes to add 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, over 70,000 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 will accomplish the following:
• Set forth definitions relevant to the administration of the Fair Fares NYC Program.
• Set forth eligibility requirements for Fair Fares NYC.
• Set forth rules for using the Fair Fares NYC MetroCard.
• Set forth the administrative review process.
• Establish confidentiality protections that safeguard information concerning applicants and participants.

Subject: 

DSS/HRA will hold a public hearing on its proposal to add Chapter 12 to Title 68 of the Rules of the City of New York to fully implement the Fair Fares NYC 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.

Location: 
2nd Floor Auditorium
125 Worth Street Enter at Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10007
Contact: 

Submit comments to DSS/HRA via:
• NYC rules website: http://rules.cityofnewyork.us.
• Email: NYCRules@hra.nyc.gov and include “Fair Fares NYC” in the subject line.
• Mail: Attn: HRA Rules, 150 Greenwich Street, 38th Floor, New York, NY 10007
• Fax: 917-639-0413
Let us know by 11/26/19 if you need a foreign language interpreter, a sign language interpreter, or a reasonable accommodation for a disability at the hearing.