Another way is if you have a monthly unlimited MetroCard and swipe someone in on your way out of the station.
With the costs going up for New Yorkers who take the subway or bus regularly, it's going to get harder and harder for low-income New Yorkers to make it to school, work or doctor's appointments.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's hesitance to provide half-priced MetroCards for low income individuals is certainly not making the daily commute any easier.
A subway swipe could theoretically be the difference between having and not having lunch for some individuals.
Fare evasion – like jumping a turnstile or trying to pack as many people into it as you can – is also a leading issue when it comes to “broken windows” policing. A disproportionate number of minority New Yorkers are arrested for these crimes, and it's obvious why when a subway ride costs so much these days.
Should someone spend a few days in Riker's Island because they couldn't afford $2.75 to get to their job?
It's really a simple way to pay it forward. It costs you nothing and it could be a real difference maker in someone's life.