Local leaders: Restore funding for student MetroCards

(05/01/10) THE BRONX - Local leaders are urging students to speak out about cuts to student MetroCards.

Councilman James Vacca and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are asking high school students to demand Gov. David Paterson (D-N.J.) restore funding for MetroCards. They plan to hold a rally at St. Catherine Academy to voice their concerns.

Student MetroCards provide free or reduced-fare rides for grade school students. If the MetroCard funding isn't restored, parents can expect to pay between $600 to $1,000 per year for each child that uses public transportation to get to school.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it is forced to make the cuts due to an $800 million budget shortfall.

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