Half-fare Metrocards become a reality, but could the program get cut when needed most?

It could mean hundreds more dollars a year to low income families, but some city budget watchdogs are expressing some caution when it comes to the new Fair Fares program.

The $106 million city initiative would provide half-fare MetroCards to the poorest one-fifth of New Yorkers. It was met with widespread praise when it was officially unveiled Tuesday afternoon, amid promises from city leaders to fund the program in perpetuity. However, an expert says, Fair Fares is the type of program that could end up on rocky ground in leaner economic times.

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