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Would the Proposed MTA Fare Hikes Affect You?

Transportation costs in New York City will rise in 2013—it's just a matter of how.

Bad news for commuters.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced Monday it is mulling over four possible fare hike options, one of which will likely be implemented in March of 2013.

The uptick is due to a required $450 million in annual revenue, MTA officials said.

The options

  • #1) Single-ride fare would jump from $2.25 to $2.50, 30-day fare would jump from $104 to $112, and week-long fare would jump from $29 to $30.
  • #2) Single-ride fare would jump from $2.25 to $2.50, but the bonus change riders receive when purchasing a $10 refill would be eliminated. The 30-day fare would jump from $104 to $109; the week-long fare would remain the same price.
  • #3) Single-ride fare would remain at $2.25, but bonus change would see a five-percent dip. The 30-day fare would jump from $104 to $125, and the week-long would jump $29 to $34.
  • #4) Single-ride fare would remain at $2.25, but bonus change would be eliminated. 30-day fare would jump from $104 to $119, and the week-long fare would jump from $29 to $32.

Public hearings on the proposed changes are slated for next month; for more information on the likely prices increases, click here.

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Dina Sciortino October 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This will also affect bridge toll prices according to Huffington Post ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/mta-fare-hike-2013-unveils-four-proposals-125-monthly_n_1966975.html) and is intended to "generate approximately $277 million in additional revenue a year." What isn't clear is why the additional revenue generation is needed.
Amanda October 15, 2012 at 09:27 PM
arent the single ride fares already $2.50? I'm pretty sure thats the amount that I am paying.
Paul Feiner October 16, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I believe that the MTA and Port Authority, Thruway Authority should create a new card (similar to section 8) for people who are out of work or who live on fixed incomes: reduced fares. The discount card would only be offered to individuals that meet criteria. The card would have the cardholders photo on it- could only be used by the individual and would be valid on a month to month basis. The owner of the card would have to show the conductor or toll gate operator the card everytime they use it. People out of work and those who earn under a certain amount deserve discounts and they depend on public transportation. PAUL FEINER Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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