About 800,000 low-income New Yorkers would receive half-price MetroCards under a proposal announced by Council Speaker Corey Johnson Tuesday.
Johnson said the Council will make the half-fare transit proposal a top priority in negotiations with Mayor de Blasio over the new $88 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
“We want to fully fund `Fair Fares’ for 800,000 New Yorkers,” Johnson told WNYC radio.
He said the city would put up the money for the plan, which would save poor New Yorkers $726 a year each.
Johnson also said the discounted cards would curb fare evasion.
De Blasio had earlier proposed spending $250 million for the discounted MetroCards — but insisted the funding comes from a millionaires’ tax that needs Albany approval.
But Johnson said that was impractical and the city needed to step up to pay the bill.