Get Ready For Another Subway Fare Increase

And just when you were starting to love your 45 minute wait on the L and G lines.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled on Monday four proposals for a scheduled fare increase next March, introducing the possibility of raising the base fare on subways and buses to $2.50 from $2.25 or increasing the cost of a 30-day MetroCard by as much as $21.

Some of the proposals put more burden on travelers who buy their rides one at a time. Others extract more blood from those who buy rides in bulk or spring for an unlimited card. Which do you think is the fairest? Which would you rather see the transit agency implement (which is not necessarily the same question)?

Here are the four proposals.


  1. An increase in fare’s should equal an increase in service. When will the MTA get that!

  2. If the subway fare would be priced according to the cost of running the MTA, it would be at least $5. Instead it is subsidized by the federal, state and local governments to make people believe it is an efficient form of transportation.

    What’s happened is that we have a government enforced monopoly running public transport and like any monopoly it doesn’t give a shit what you think. No matter what happens, everyone working at the MTA knows that they’ll keep their jobs in perpetuity and the trains will keep on running. Whether they’ll be on time or not is not their greatest concern.

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