NEW YORK (WPIX)—New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and UFT President Michael Mulgrew are set to hold several informational rallies throughout the city Thursday to protest the MTA's plan to eliminate free student MetroCards.
Public Advocate de Blasio's flyers asks commuters to call Governor David A. Paterson and other legislative leaders to place pressure on the MTA to find alternative ways to save money.
"My daughter rides the subway everyday and school day to Manhattan, all her friends do, it's part of life in the city," de Blasio told PIX News, "A lot of people have to realize for low income kids it means it can have a huge impact on their lives, their family budgets, but also on attendance. We need to get kids to school."
""We want people to call into the governor, to the MTA, to the legislative leaders, let them know this is a priority and student MetroCards must be saved," de Balsio told PIX News.
Later Thursday morning, Mulgrew will be joined by other elected officials and union leaders to hold protest at the entrance to the No. 4 and 5's Bowling Green station at 10:30 a.m.
Mulgrew says taking away students' MetroCards "tax" many of New York's poorer families and cause them to use nearly 10 percent of their annual income just to get their kids to school.
Public Advocate de Blasio's flyers will be given out at the following stations from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.:
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)