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MTA Reveals Plans For The 2013 Fare Hike

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority released a proposal outlining options pertaining to the fare hike that is due to take effect in March of 2013. The MTA is looking at combinations of hikes for the single ride cost, weekly cards, monthly cards and so on.

The proposal for fare increases is meant to generate an extra $277 million.

“Costs that the MTA does not exercise control over, namely those for debt service, pensions, energy, paratransit, and employee and retiree health care, continue to increase beyond the rate of inflation,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota in a release. “We are grappling with long-term measures to reduce these frustrating and difficult non-discretionary expenses, but today, they are the drivers of the need for a fare and toll increase.”

The first proposal, which the MTA labeled Proposal 1A, states that the regular subway and bus fare would increase to $2.50 from $2.25 while the weekly card would increase to $30 from $29 and the unlimited would be $112 instead of $104.

The second option, or 1B, would increase the base fare to $2.50, the bonus for riders who put $10 on their cards would be eliminated, the 30-day card would cost $109 and the weekly card would remain the same price.

With the third proposal, known as 2A, the base fare stays at $2.25, the bonus fare sees a five percent deduction, the seven day jumps to $34 and the monthly card jumps to a soaring $125.

The fourth choice, 2B, keeps the base fare the same as well, takes away the bonus amount riders receive when they put $10 on their cards, 30-days rise to $119 and weekly cards to $119.

Further, the MTA will tack on a $1 fee for new cards in an effort to encourage the recycling of used cards by riders.

The proposal announcement made by the MTA is in conjunction with several public hearings that will take place all over the city. The public hearing scheduled for Brooklyn is set for November 7 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge at 333 Adams Street, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The MTA board expects to vote on the proposal hike on December 19.

“Here they go again,” wrote Senator Marty Golden in a statement following the announcement. “In the environment of a struggling economy, when many New Yorkers are out of work, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is wrongfully looking to dig deeper into the pockets of straphangers and motorists. I adamantly oppose attempts to increase the cost of MetroCards, the express bus fare and the base toll for the Verrazano Bridge at this time. This is unacceptable – we are already asked to pay too much.”

The Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and MTA bridges, like the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Marine Parkway‐Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, would also see increases in tolls and tickets.

“The MTA’s recently announced toll and fare increases are nothing short of outrageous.  With over $17 billion committed to the Second Avenue subway tunnel and $8.4 billion to connect the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal, it is clear that Manhattan gets the infrastructure and improvements, while the people of Bay Ridge get the bill.  It’s evident that these megaprojects cannot be afforded,” said Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in a release. “Bay Ridge residents rely on the Verrazano Bridge and MTA transportation services to commute to work and visit relatives.  The MTA must stop looking at us as a bank account to cover its losses.”

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  1. What have Senator Golden and Assemblywoman Maliotakis done to see that Albany provides increased funding for the MTA to limit the size of the fare increases? It’s easy for them to criticize to look good in front of their constituents, but they have to do their part also.

  2. Bunch if thieves. I can’t wait to move out of NYC. The middle class is disappearing fast, leaving just the poor folk and the rich folk in this once great city.

  3. I am old enough to remember when the subway fare was $.15 and stayed there for years. Since then, the fare has increased on a regular basis. The MTA has repeatedly blamed these fare hikes on rising costs. When is the MTA going to get these costs under control so that it finally stops treating the commuting public as a piggy bank? For starters, why not delay or scrap major capital projects? At a time of economic stagnation, raising the subway fare poses a hardship for many commuters. Sadly, I’m not hearing alot of outrage from many elected officials.Why aren’t the representatives of the people speaking out loudly on this issue?

  4. For one thing, capital and operating funds are separate and cannot be intermixed. For another, if the 15 cent fare were raised sooner, we would have the Second Avenue subway by now because they used that money for the fare. I don’t think many would want to see it stopped again.

  5. How come it’s never mentioned that Transit workers enjoy free train and bus fare. They can use the system at anytime FOR FREE. PS When they retire, they get free train and bus fare for LIFE. I only know this, cause I know someone who retired from the transit authority. These workers are highly overpaid. If they did the same jobs for private industry, they would never come close to what they are getting paid for. Plus, all the paid vacations, overtime and pensions. We, who need to use public transportation are the ones getting ripped off. The sad part, is that these overpaid workers are never satisfied 🙁

  6. According to my rough calculation, the fare has gone up at an annualized rate of about 6.2% over the last 44 years. This is an unacceptable rate of increase compared to inflation over that time period.

  7. This is nuts they should keep the fair the same. I ride the subways everyday like millions of other people. The service stinks, the stations stink with stenches and mice. The Fat Cats have to tighten there belt all city officials period. We cant not afford these rates on rails and bridges.

  8. Thank you for your comment. I should have said planned capital projects. I did not mean to imply that the construction of the Second Avenue subway should be stopped. You inferred something that was not intended. My bad.
    In any case, the MTA’s inability to control its costs remains a valid concern. Why can’t it live within its means like the rest of us?

  9. the only thing thats a good idea is the $ 1 new metrocard fee. screw everything else but having to choose from these i prefer proposal 1B cuz its keeps the unlimted ride cost lowest.


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