K-12 students protest outrageous fare hike

By LeiLani Dowell

NYC FIST

WW photo: Tony Murphy

Chanting “MTA, we won’t pay!” hundreds of youth protested on Dec. 21 at the Metropolitan Transit Authority headquarters in New York City. Signs at this Day of Outrage protest read, “Save the Students, not the Bankers.”

The MTA has suggested balancing their budget problems on the backs of K-12 students by discontinuing a program that provides free MetroCards for more than 500,000 city students to ride the subways and buses to school.

Unlike students in many school districts throughout the country, who ride school buses, students in New York rely on public transportation to get to and from school. At current rates, parents would be forced to pay upward of $1,000 per child per year for a monthly MetroCard.

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