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MTA Approves Fare Hike! Will Be $2.50 Per Ride, And $15 For Verrazano Bridge

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Whether by car, bus or subway, getting around in New York City is about to become a little more expensive.

The MTA Board approved the agency’s 2013 budget this morning, which included a set of mass transit, bridge and toll hikes across the metropolitan region.

The following bus, subway, bridge and tunnel hikes are slated to take effect on or around March 1, 2013.

Bus and subway fares

  • The single-ride fare is increasing from $2.25 to $2.50
  • Unlimited 30-day passes are increasing from $104 to $112
  • Seven-day unlimited passes are increasing from $29 to $30
  • The bonus discount is decreasing from 7 percent to 5 percent…
  • … but is now being applied to card refills as low as $5. It was previously $10. This means you will receive an additional 25-cents for every $5 you put on your card.
  • It also makes the effective base fare $2.38 per ride
  • For the first time, the MTA will charge a $1 fee to purchase a new card. It will remain free to refill your card. There will be no surcharge to purchase a card from a third-party vendor, or for reduced fare and EasyPayXpress customers.
  • Express buses will rise from $5.50 to $6.00, and the seven-day Express Bus Plus Metrocard will rise from $50 to $55.
  • Access-A-Ride fare will rise from $2.25 to $2.50.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

  • E-ZPass users on the following bridges will see a fare increase from $4.80 to $5.33, and regular customers will see an increase from $6.50 to $7.50:
    • Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel).
  • The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will rise from $13 to $15, and E-ZPass users will rise to $10.66. For Staten Island E-ZPass users, the fare will actually decrease to $6.36 for those who make one or two trips a month, and $6.00 for those who make three or more trips a month.
  • Tolls at the Cross Bay Bridge and the Marine Parkway-Gill Hodges Bridge will rise from $3.25 to $3.75, and, for E-ZPass users, from $1.80 to $2.00. Rockaway residents will continue to be able to use the Cross Bay Bridge at no charge.

The good news, at least according to the MTA, is that these hikes are not only less extreme than earlier proposals, but will put the agency on the right fiscal track. The adopted budget is a balanced one, according to an agency press release, with small cash surpluses expected in 2013 and 2014. Those will be put towards an expected deficit of more than $330 million in 2016.

The agency also touted the “most aggressive internal cost-cutting ever undertaken,” which will save $809 million in 2013, and more than $1.2 billion by 2016.

The four-year financial plan still looks worrisome, the agency stated. Superstorm Sandy caused $268 million in lost revenue, and is fueling $62 million in annual debt payments due to infrastructure losses not covered by insurance or federal disaster relief.

And there remain a few lingering questions that puts the entire plan into jeopardy. Most notably, the payroll mobility tax enacted as part of the state’s 2009 MTA financial rescue legislation would provide $1.8 million – if it weren’t for a slate of legal challenges holding it up. The four year numbers include that revenue, as well as an assumption that the various transit unions will agree to three years of net-zero wage growth.

The brightest news, however, is that the agency is taking budget-driven service cuts off the table for the forseeable future. However, they will continue to raise fares every other year, as part of a 2009 agreement with Albany.

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  1. So in case you are wondering how much money you need to spend to get a metro card that has no money left on it after the last ride:

    To get $10 you need to spend $9.52381
    To get $20 you need to spend $19.0476.
    To get $50 you need to spend $47.619

    Here is a graph.

  2. Unfortunately people are sleeping zombies. We will obey and bow down to new laws and any increases for services without anything in return. They want us to struggle financially and stress out…..One prime example when a driver gets at least 6 points, you must pay additional $300 dollars just for hell of it just because some asshole law maker/politician needs to bring more into their budget or/and to his own pocket. This so called law was created in 2008

  3. The truth is every stinking politician in this city governor and mayor included could care less about the effect they have on the sheep in this city there all in bed with each other mta,insurance,etc if you thought they would look to help out familys and that they would of looked out for the many of familys that are going though hard times ,jobs,sandy you guessed wrong..44 years and i can’t wait and never look back at this city

  4. This is absurd!!! The price more then doubled in the last 10 years! Why?? Why after paying federal, state, city, property, sales taxes we have to pay for the bridge in our own town? Whose money was it built for in the first place???

  5. Big government needs big money. New Yorkers believe in big government, but don’t want to pay for it, as the polls show (“we want more government services, less taxes”, as the polls constantly show). All those agencies, all those government jobs, all those services – somebody’s gotta pay.

  6. I would like to know why the Staten Island politicians are so powerful, they get whatever they want. First they get special EZ pass breaks not available to Brooklynites commuting to SI or NJ and now they also get a commuter discount so the tolls actually decrease for them while going up for everyone else. That’s not fair. They claim they are a prisoner to tolls not being able to get off the island without them. Not true. They always have the free ferry. And they knew about the toll situation when they bought their property there which was reflected in lower prices than if they lived closer to Manhattan.

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the new commuter discounts were really for those who commuted three to five days a week, but applying it to people who make only three trips a month is in effect giving it to all Staten Islanders and the rest of us will have to make up for it with an extra quarter, when tolls are raised again in 2015. Just plainly unfair.

  7. Maybe if/when Occupy does just that on all the crossings! That would be an eye opener. And yes, I know about all the people that would be inconvenienced .

  8. Or when @Local Broker and his friend takes a (last) stand on the Verrazano Bridge against a tyrannical government.

  9. I never said that so dont use my name like that or at all. You want to respond to me about something i wrote go ahead. You also responded to me on what someone else wrote all i did was give a thumbs up. This would be a good time to use the edit button.

  10. I dont own an “assault rifle” for the record. I was hoping you wouldn’t be a little bitch about it. I was wrong.


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