MTA Fare Increases
September 5, 2010

The MTA is at it again — talking about raising MetroCard prices. Right now, we’re paying $2.25 for a single ride, $27 for a weekly card, and $89 for an unlimited monthly card.

Just last month, in July, the MTA was talking about a $104 unlimited monthly card, a $99 monthly card with 90 rides, and a $29 weekly card.

But on August 23rd, the whopping cost of $130 for a monthly card was being tossed about — that’s a 46% increase! And the MTA also mentioned a $38 weekly card and a $2.50 single card ride. Check out the Public Notices, like the one below.10-08-23_mta_unlimited_1301

According to The Daily News , “The notice is written to allow enough flexibility for the board to incorporate public input in making its final decision,” the MTA said in a statement. “The goal is to increase revenues from fares and tolls by 7.5%, and the hearings are designed to elicit input on the best way to achieve that increase.”

The next day, the MTA reported that the $130 rate was actually a mechanism for it to sell a variety of MetroCards, and that it most likely wouldn’t happen.

The only silver lining in this cloud is that the MTA historically has put out these very high potential increases and then the MTA Board has approved more reasonable fares.

The increases are all part of the MTA’s 2009 plan to increase revenue by 7.5% in 2011 and 2013, and includes changes such as a $1 charge for a new MetroCard (to encourage us to refill our cards), reducing the bonus rides you get with a Basic Card, and getting rid of the 1-Day and 14-Day Passes.

Public Hearings are happening from Sept 9th – Sept 21st in all five boroughs and Manhattan, so now’s your chance to be heard.


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