MTA Fare Hike Goes Into Effect Sunday – Bridge And Tunnel Tolls Increase, Too

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Both straphangers and motorists will dole out more at the farebox and toll both when the latest MTA hikes go into effect this Sunday, March 19.

MetroCard fares will increase for the 7-day (from $31 to $32) and 30-day (from $116.50 to $121) Unlimited Ride MetroCards, but one-way base fares will stay at $2.75 with a 5 percent cost-break for each round trip — making the effective fare with the bonus $2.62 per ride.

The fare hike, which the MTA says is the lowest proposed two-year increase since 2009, was approved by the MTA board in January.

Just over half of the MTA’s $15.6 billion annual operating budget comes from fares and tolls, but that could be threatened by the drop in ridership in 2016, the first drop reported in seven years.

See the chart below for the impending fare breakdown:

(Source: MTA)

The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which is heavily used by lower-income and frequent riders, says the MTA board.

Southern Brooklyn: What to expect on the bridges and tunnels

  • The E-ZPass toll at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which is only paid when crossing from Brooklyn to Staten Island, will increase by 44 cents to $11.52, and the cash toll will increase by $1 to $17.
  • The E-ZPass toll at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, for instance, will rise by 22 cents to $5.76. See more updated fare information here.
  • In the chart below, the first row of fares represents the current rate, and the second represents the new rate starting March 19.
(Source: MTA)

Ahh, the good ol’ days

The toll to cross the bridge on the bridge’s opening day in 1964 was 50 cents (which would be around $3.84 today).

Also on opening day, rumors were born — now amounting to urban legend — that the Verrazano would be free to cross as soon as the building costs were paid off. In in 1964 dollars, that was $320 million — which would be around $2.45 billion today. Though historians and newspapers have searched, the rumor remains word-of-mouth only.

(Photo by Rachel Silberstein/Bensonhurst Bean)

One Council Member wants you to get involved and get angry

Feeling left out to dry by the newest toll hikes? Get on board with City Council Member Vincent Gentile’s ‘take a hike’ campaign.

Winding down his long career in public office, City Council Member Vincent Gentile is offering Brooklynites using the Verrazano-Narrows bridge a chance to speak out against the latest fare hike, which has cash toll payers doling out up to $17 for a trip across the river.

Gentile released this video yesterday during storm Stella, decrying the “sky high fares” burdening Brooklynites who use the Verrazano just as much as their counterparts on Staten Island, who receive a deep discount. (Staten Island E-ZPass holders will see their fare rise by 24 cents on Sunday — see chart above).

He’s publicly calling on the MTA to extend the bridge discount to Brooklynites who live in neighboring zip codes, urging residents to “bang the drums to get our fair share of a reasonable discount on an unreasonable toll.”

According to MTA data from 2015, of the 180,000 vehicles that span the narrows each day, about 77 percent already receive a discount.

To “drive home the anger,” Gentile is asking drivers to honk your horn while crossing from Brooklyn this Saturday on the bridge to get their message to the MTA — though it remains unclear who will bear the brunt of that noise pollution protest.

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  1. How on earth they can charge $17 for a freaking bridge crossing is beyond ridiculous! They need to roll back the price to $10 which is still insane but at least it wouldn’t take half a pay check to cross the bridge. If anyone should pay more it should be the people in staten island and Jersey! We already breathe the toxic air drifting over from Jersey and staten island shouldn’t even be a should be part of Jersey..or just secede from N.Y. And do us all a favor.

  2. At $11.52 per toll and 180,000 tolls per day, that is more than 2 million dollars revenue a day. It is obvious that this bridge is being used to fund other projects. This is a pretty huge tax to pay on a daily basis and is imposed on the few people who might have to travel to SI or NJ for work.

  3. It’s a freaking rip off! How NYC allows this is unbelievable how this city is bought by money. I hope they blow that shit up. Fucking greedy bastards!

  4. To BK native: What toxic air from Staten Island? The dump has been closed for years. You are just making this up. I live on Staten Island, why should I pay to go home each day. There is no other option to get off of Staten Island without paying, even going through NJ. Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens don’t pay to travel into each other boroughs. Residents of NYC SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY TO TRAVEL WITHIN THEIR OWN CITY and especially at these crazy rates. Tolls are are unfair for all resident drivers in NYC. Especially when most of the funds collected goes to mass transit. MTA riders pay $2.75 and the can ride all day through five boroughs. If I travel from Staten Island to City island, I pay 3 tolls. 2 tolls in the Bronx and 1 toll in Staten Island. How is that fact even close to fairness.

  5. To: BK native: staten Island is still a borough in New York City. New Jersey is not part of New York City so why should Staten Islanders pay more. Your statement is idiotic.


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