Mayor Adams’ public engagement unit conducts outreach to promote fair fares

Outreach helps connect thousands of New Yorkers with information about Fair Fares  

The Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) and the Department of Social Services (DSS) hosted a press conference on Friday, August 12 at Albee Square in Brooklyn to celebrate an outreach day of action across subway stations citywide to promote the Fair Fares NYC program, following two weeks of targeted outreach to eligible New Yorkers via text and phone. While Commissioner Rodriguez gave part of his remarks in Spanish, Synthia Jahan gave part of her remarks in Bangla, reminding all New Yorkers that, regardless of their immigration status and the languages spoken, they can be eligible for Fair Fares NYC.  

Speakers at the press conference included Councilmember Crystal Hudson, State Senator Jabari Brisport, State Assembly Member Jo Ann Simon, Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, Department of Social Services First Deputy Commissioner Jill Berry, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Regina Myer, Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit Executive Director Adrienne Lever, and CUNY Career Launch Intern Synthia Jahan. The event was held in partnership with NYC Small Business Services and featured tabling with City agencies, including PEU, HRA Fair Fares, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and IDNYC.  

Currently, more than a quarter of a million New Yorkers receive the reduced-fare Metro Card benefit, saving New Yorkers more than $50 million by contributing an equal share to ridership for those low-income individuals in need. Yet, many more New Yorkers still qualify and need to enroll. That’s why PEU has been working with Fair Fares to reach hundreds of thousands of these New Yorkers on their phones to support them in enrolling.  

If you think you or someone you know might be eligible, go to to learn more.  

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