(An open letter to the MTA)
Your reduced-fare MetroCard has been a great service to our senior citizens; however, during the past several decades, medical science has added longevity to their lives. Many elderly are now living well beyond their 80s.
While this is a blessing, it has also created a financial burden. Since most seniors retire when they reach the age of 65, their fixed income can carry them through those early years. As the years go by, inflation and added medical expenses rapidly deplete their funds.
Therefore, I propose a formula to address this problem: A two-tier reduced-fare MetroCard. 1) Keep your current MetroCard for “Golden Years” seniors ages 62 to 79. 2) Create a 50 percent reduced-fare for those 80 and beyond, “Diamond Years” seniors.
If the MTA agrees to this new two-tier senior fare discount, it could set a trend for other state transportation authorities. Readers, if you like this idea, please contact MTA and state officials, and urge them to adopt it.