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Last week, the New York City Council allocated money in the 2019 city budget toward implementing a #FairFares program for low-income New Yorkers. Planned Parenthood of New York City congratulates Riders Alliance of New York for their work in advocating for economic justice that allows New Yorkers to purchase MetroCards at reduced rates.

Currently, a quarter of low-income New Yorkers cannot afford NYC public transportation, which is the most common way of getting to our health centers. If New Yorkers can't get on the train, they can't access vital sexual and reproductive health care. Economic justice for New Yorkers is in line with reproductive justice.

With this new program, “the city would fully subsidize the cost of providing half-price MetroCards to those below the federal poverty line — a household income of about $25,000 for a family of four.”

In NYC, public transportation is essential for getting around. Every day, more than 6 million New Yorkers ride the subway. New Yorkers should not have to decide between getting on the train or buying themselves food. Both are vital to living healthy and stable lives. With this program, low-income New Yorkers will be able to get on the train and to our health centers without thinking about the consequences.

All New Yorkers deserve to access the resources they need to live healthy lives - and that includes being able to access health care. Transportation should never be a barrier to people coming to a Planned Parenthood of New York City center to get health care that all New Yorkers need, which includes breast exams, pap tests, wellness exams, birth control, vasectomy, emergency contraception, abortion, and STD testing and treatment.

New Yorkers should never have to forego health care that could save their life due to transportation issues. This #FairFares program will benefit almost 800,000 people in NYC. All New Yorkers deserve access to public transportation and quality health care, no matter their age, income, or location.

Stay tuned for more information on Fair Fares by following Riders Alliance on Twitter and Instagram @RidersNY. Join the conversation by uplifting #FairFares.


Tags: economic justice, transportation, mta, abortion access, equality