From the Daily News:
Gov. Paterson's budget provides $25 million for student MetroCards - a tiny fraction of what the MTA says is needed to keep providing free bus and subway rides to students.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has said it needs about $214 million to continue the program - or it will start phasing it out in September.
As a result, students would pay half-fares this fall and then full-fares starting the following September.
Approximately 585,000 students receive MetroCards with three daily trips. They are distributed by the Board of Education based not on income, but age and distance from school.
Gov. Paterson unveiled his budget proposal in Albany, setting the stage for negotiations with the state Assembly and Senate.
His budget characterizes the student funding as an increase over last year - but that's only because the program was slashed nearly to extinction last year.