Try Walking to Work; Subway Fares Rise

The temperatures are dropping, but I’m still glad I can walk to work. Good luck to everybody else. The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted today to raise subway, bus, and commuter rail prices for the third time in three years. After all the changes and service cuts this past summer, you’d think the MTA would give riders a break, but the fare increases passed in the board vote 12-2. The MTA plans to see a 7.5% increase in revenue from the fare hikes. From The Times:

“The unlimited 7-day and 30-day MetroCards for the city’s subway and bus system will remain unlimited, as the board rejected a proposal to cap the number of rides they are valid for. But the price of the passes will jump significantly. On Dec. 30, when the increases take effect, a 30-day unlimited card will cost $104, up from $89, a 17 percent increase, while an unlimited weekly pass will cost $29, up from $27. Single rides will rise 25 cents to $2.50.”

The MTA is like most of our city, struggling with budget shortfalls and funding shortages. Looks like commuters are going to start facing their own budget shortfalls come soon.

Comments

  1. ONomontopeka says:

    Hey, increases always suck but 104 divided by 30 is 3.60
    An entire day of riding for 3.60 is still a great deal for me and I also have Transitchek which makes it pretax.

    I just hope it doesn’t go up every year

  2. Christopher says:

    Good, maybe it will keep the riff raff from cramping the subway now.

  3. brandonmetal says:

    yay! shittier service and higher prices! i’m gonna look into this bike invention.

  4. If this rate of increase continues, looks like cabs will be the cheaper option

  5. Mexico City metro fares stand at 15cents. C’mon NY, heavily subsidize our transit!!

  6. willyBbridge says:

    and guess what!?!?!?!?! THE L ISNT WORKING THIS WEEKEND!!! AT ALL!!!!! hahahahahahahaha. thank you MTA, you officially rock.

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