Student Metrocards

Help your students get their voices heard. Save MTA Student MetroCards!

Public Transportation is a crucial link to making New York City a “livable” place. In our city, 80 percent of students walk or take public transportation to get to school every day. Right now, over 400,000 NYC students receive free MetroCards, and more than 160,000 get half-fare cards. We are very concerned that families could end up paying an extra $1,000 or more per year in transportation fees.

Students can make a big impact by writing letters to people in Albany, our mayor, and other influential individuals who can save student MetroCards!

We make letter-writing easy and effective. Click on the age-appropriate link to download templates and get tips for doing this quick, easy and effective exercise with youth. We thank NYPIRG’s Straphangers Campaign for their information about the MetroCard crisis and what we can do to improve the situation.

Grades K-2 Letter Writing Kit

Grades 3-5 Letter Writing Kit

Middle and High School Letter Writing Kit

Then send your letters to the following elected officials:

Governor David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Speaker Sheldon Silver
The Capitol
LOB 932
Albany, NY 12224

Mayor Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

You can also mail your letters to your New York State Senator and State Assembly representative.

To sign a petition, submit your letters as testimony, and learn more about ways to get involved in the campaign to preserve student MetroCards, visit www.straphangers.org/studentpasses. Straphangers logo