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New York - Subway Ride May Cost $2.50 as MTA Boosts Fares

Published on: October 15, 2012 03:08 PM
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New York - New York City’s transit authority unveiled its latest fare and toll proposals for rails, bridges and subways on Monday, including one that would raise the 30-day unlimited subway MetroCard from $104 to $125.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority has said the 2013 hike would bring in $450 million a year to support the nation’s largest transit system. The MTA will hold public hearings on the proposals in November, and the board will vote on a final budget in December.

The proposals include a hike in cash tolls for cars crossing the city’s bridges from $6.50 to $7.50. Tickets on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North could rise by about 8 percent.

But the city’s subway and bus riders would be hit the hardest under the potential options, which include a 20 percent jump in the unlimited monthly Metrocard.

Base subway and bus fare could go up from $2.50 to $2.75. And the seven-day unlimited pass could jump from $29 to $34. One proposal calls for eliminating the 7 percent MetroCard bonus customers receive for putting at least $10 on a pay-per-ride card.

Legislators issued statements on Monday calling for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help avert the need for a fare hike by increasing state funds for public transit. The state comptroller’s office has said fare and toll hikes continue to outpace inflation, placing a burden on commuters across the metropolitan region.

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“Tolls and taxes should not be the go-to solution for every debt-stricken government authority,” said Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. “Just as every working family or business must learn to live within a budget, so should the MTA.”

MTA ridership was 1.64 million last year, the highest level since 1950, and is expected to grow.


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 Oct 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM HAPPY12 Says:

if ridership went up, so did income. what's the problem?

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM 11230 Says:

They want to throw all the middle class out of NYC!

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM mytaxguy Says:

Although expensive, a subway ride is still the biggest bargain around, straphangers get much more bang for the buck then motorists get for their bridge and tunnel tolls.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 05:20 PM Facts1 Says:

Reply to #3  
mytaxguy Says:

Although expensive, a subway ride is still the biggest bargain around, straphangers get much more bang for the buck then motorists get for their bridge and tunnel tolls.

Sure! A bunch of rats and smelly trains.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM Facts1 Says:

And we are all taking this in stride as service is deteriorating with constant useless construction. MTA prices have more then doubled in the last 8 years.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM nyker Says:

By getting rid of the middle class they throw out most of the revenue who actually ride the busses and trains.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM gitgezogt Says:

They should charge an income tax from all the musicians and guitarist that play in the station,

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 08:04 PM TexasJew Says:

I remember $0.15 in the 70's. The good old days. $1.00 for a student bus pass/month.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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11230 Says:

They want to throw all the middle class out of NYC!

If you can't afford $2.50 for a subway ride, you probably shouldn't be living in NYC. There a lots of cheaper places to live upstate and elsewhere in the country.

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 Oct 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM RebKlemson Says:

A $15 bridge? time for a revolution

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 Oct 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM Facts1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If you can't afford $2.50 for a subway ride, you probably shouldn't be living in NYC. There a lots of cheaper places to live upstate and elsewhere in the country.

Hey, it's not 2.50 it's $5 every day for those that travel to work. And at the current rate, your kids will pay $9.00 in no time.

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 Oct 16, 2012 at 04:44 AM 5TResident Says:

Considering the price of gas, tolls, et al, and traffic, paying $2.50 (less with an unlimited) for a ride is still a bargain. For that $2.50 you can travel from Pelham Parkway to Coney Island to Forest Hills to Far Rockaway all in one trip. Try doing that with a car. And $2.50 buys next to nothing today. A gallon of 89 octane gas is $4.50 (thank you Obama), a gallon of milk is $3.50, a gallon of orange juice is at least $5 if not more. Even a slice of pizza is about $2 today.

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