NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is mobilizing parents and straphangers in defense of the city’s endangered free student MetroCards. His office is seeking volunteers to hand out flyers at over 20 subway stations between 7am and 9:30am tomorrow, Thursday, February 18. The flyers will ask recipients to call Gov. Paterson and legislative leaders to restore the free student cards, which the MTA will cut to plug its latest budget gap. The state and city used to fully fund student passes, but their share of the costs has dwindled over the years. According to the Daily News, the state now contributes only $6 million annually towards a program the MTA says costs $214 million (the governor has proposed a slight increase, to $25 million).
Those interested in participating should contact José Davila at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 669-7200. Flyering will take place at the following stations:
Bronx: 3rd Ave-149 St (2, 5); 161 St-Yankee Stadium (B, D, 4); Fordham Rd-Jerome Ave (4); Parkchester (6)
Brooklyn: DeKalb Ave (B, M, Q, R); Nostrand Ave (A, C); 7th Ave (F, G); 36 St (D, M, N, R); 59 St (N, R); Church Ave (F, G); Kings Highway (B, Q); Flatbush Ave-Brooklyn College (2, 5)
Manhattan: Canal St (J, M, N, R, Q, W, Z, 6); 72 St (1, 2, 3); 86 St (4, 5, 6); 168 St (A, C, 1)
Queens: 46 St-Bliss St (7); 74 St-Broadway (7); Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave (E, F, R, V, G); Forest Hills-71 Ave (E, F, R, V, G); Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer (E, J, Z); Flushing-Main St (7)
Staten Island: SI Ferry Terminal (Staten Island side)