NYC students heading back to school got form letters instead of MetroCards to ride transit
Julie Lam, 16, had to crawl under a turnstile to catch the subway on her second day of school this week.
Lam relies on a school-issued MetroCard to commute to and from Manhattan’s Baruch College Campus High School. But, on the first day of classes, instead of a pre-loaded card to ride city transit, an advisor at her school handed Lam a note signed by the Office of Pupil Transportation.
“This student is eligible for a student MetroCard but has not received it due to inventory issues,” the note said. “Please allow this student to ride the subway and/or bus.”
With no MetroCard, and no transit employees at the No. 6 train station at 23rd Street to grant her access, Lam had to slip under the turnstile to catch the train home.
“Some subways, they don’t have anyone there, so in order to use this you have to have someone in the station and open the door for you,” she said.
School started Monday in New York City, but some students who need free MetroCards to travel to and from school are still waiting to receive them. That means students like Lam have to improvise at stations with no transit worker booths, raising concerns among some principals that students could end up in trouble with police.
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