In New York City a new deal could soon be announced to offer half-priced MetroCards to low-income New Yorkers which would be a step forward in order to close the big inequality gap in New York City.
The offices of Mayor Bill de Blasio and The City Council Speaker were working to finalize the program on Friday and a deal could be announced as soon as this Monday.
Being that New York City, is one of the biggest cities in the world, with one of the most diverse groups of people, both ethnically, racially and economically; it still very divided.
The program is said to help nearly 800,000 New Yorkers with a household income of around $25,000 for a family of four by offering MetroCards at the price of $1.35 per ride compared to $2.75 per ride.
The discounted MetroCard program would reportedly be funded by $106million in the upcoming budget.
However, the deal would have to be approved by the City Council and could be possibly going into effect until January.
This could change the lives of many New Yorkers who are not able to pay a six dollar daily round-trip commute because theoretically, the decrease in fair would expand the job market for many economically disadvantaged people by lessening the restrictions such as distance and fair cost that isolate many economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Furthermore, public transportation is mostly used by economically disadvantaged individuals, this effort to reduce the price of Metro Cards would aid this community more than any other and would further allow them to save more money.
On average people would be saving 56 dollars a month, which reduces five hours of works every week which make a difference to their overall income.
Making public transportation more accessible would also allow the bridging of many communities in New York City and in the far future, this could potentially lessen the huge inequality gap in New York City that is fueled by capitalism and encouraged by the top 1%.
New York City’s, goal should not be equality but instead equity, thus giving everyone an equal opportunity to succeed. This included an equal chance at being able to work somewhere other than one’s own borough or neighborhood and making transportation economically accessible for everyone.
It’s entirely likely that people are going to want to explore a whole new job market and further be encouraged in order to explore the city beyond their own horizons.
Though, the thread of gentrification is known to have hurt many poor, minority communities, with this new potential movement they could take advantage of it with the aid of having more accessible transportation. Which could result in a good source of income for individuals.
“This will make an enormous difference for economically struggling New Yorkers and will be a major step towards making New Yorker a fairer, more equitable city”, Rebecca Bailin, a spokesperson for the Rider Alliance, said in a statement.
Johnson made a recent appearance on NY1’ Inside City Hall last night, and said that the negotiations between the City Council and the mayor were still ongoing and while the deal isn’t set, people are feeling very optimistic about it. Being that so far only three of the City Council’s 51 members are on record as being against the proposal.
Historically New York City has been considered a very divided city, divided by race, ethnicity and economic position, resulting in very unique neighborhoods.
Still, in order to progress as a whole society, it needs to make an effort to bridge these gaps, in order to expose people to differences and learn how to co-exist as such.
It’s unfortunate that some of the most and impoverished neighborhoods in New York City are only minutes away from the some of the richest neighborhood. In fact, Park Avenue is known to hold this huge gap of inequalities.
Maybe, the City is over optimistic, but this new reduction of Metro-Cards could possibly change New York City as a whole and could probably change the lives of many economically disadvantaged people living in the city.
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