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March 5, 2013

Yep, new fares for NYC buses, NYC subways, Metro-North Railroad, LIRR Railroad, and NYC bridges and tunnels.

Effective March 3, 2013:

NYC Subway & NYC Bus

  • Base Single Ride Fare: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50 → $.25 increase
  • Single Ticket Fare: Increase from $2.50 to $2.75 → $.25 increase (Sold at vending machines only. Must be used within 2 hours, no transfers included)
  • Monthly MetroCard/30-Day Unlimited: Increase from $104 to $112 → 7.7% or $8 increase
  • 7-Day Unlimited: $30.00
  • 7-Day Express Bus Plus: $55.00
  • Express Bus: $6.00
  • Fee to Purchase New MetroCard $1, so save those used or expired NYC MetroCards and exchange them for a new one! Fee applies to each new MetroCard purchased at station booth, vending machine or commuter rail station.
  • Pay Per Ride Bonus: An additional 5% is added to your MetroCard with the purchase or addition of $5 or more.

Effective March 1, 2013, fares and tolls are also increased for these NYC bridges and tunnels: Read more…

November 4, 2012

NYC MTAIt’s that time again, when the NYC MTA is considering raining fares for NYC subways and NYC buses.

What are the changes?

  • 30-Day Unlimited MetroCard — increase from $104 to $125, a 20% increase
  • NYC Bus & NYC Subway Fare — increase from $2.25 to $2.50
  • 7-Day Unlimited MetroCard — potential increase from $29 to $34
  • MetroCard 7% bonus when you put at least $10 on a pay-per-ride card — may be eliminated
  • Long Island Rail Road — potential 8% increase
  • Metro-North Rail Road — potential 8% increase
  • NYC Bridges — increase from $6.50 to $7.50 for cash tolls

These NYC subway and bus fare increases expect to bring in $450 million a year. The MTA Board will hold hearings in November and will vote on the proposals in December 2012.

These NYC bus and subway fare increases could be avoided in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo increases 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.

February 1, 2011

According to Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, the M34 NYC bus crossing NYC’s Manhattan 34th Street is “slightly slower than a Ringling Bros. elephant walking into Madison Square Garden.” During the summer of 2010, the M34 was clocked at an average speed of 4.4 mph, making it the sixth-slowest in the Pokey Award survey by the Straphangers Campaign.

The MTA agrees that the M34 bus is very slow and come the summer of 2011, the MTA is doing something about it. The M34 bus routes will now have you pay before you board to speed up the boarding process. Just like the Select Bus Service routes on 1st Ave and 2nd Ave, you will pay at a MetroCard machine on the street, get a receipt, and then board the M34 bus at any of the bus doors opening.

Currently, 34th St has ‘bus only’ lanes, which ideally should make traveling along 34th St faster than the other lanes. The Department of Transportation is planning to put barriers to separate the bus lanes, making a ‘Transitway’. That may further increase the travel speed in the NYC bus lanes, but it could also greatly hurt any parking garages that are located along the Transitway when drivers are reluctant to cross the barriers to park their car.

The Select Service Bus routes on 1st Ave and 2nd Ave started in October, the MTA anticipated a 20% increase in speed. As of January 2011, the MTA is reporting increases of up to 19%.

Filed under: Buses,Getting Around NYC,MTA MetroCard — Tags: , , , , — mtohn @ 9:16 am
October 28, 2010

When I missed my stop on the 1st Ave M15 bus yesterday, I knew it was time to figure out what was going on. It’s all about the new MetroCard Fare Collector boxes on the sidewalk at the M15 Limited Bus Stops on 1st & 2nd Aves, and the buses labeled ‘Select Bus Service’ (they have flashing blue lights at the front).

NYC M15 MetroCard Machine, E 57th St & 1st Ave

NYC M15 MetroCard Machine, E 57th St & 1st Ave

Welcome to the new M15 Select Bus Service (instead of the M15 Limited), which is supposed to give us a 20% increase in speed during rush hour. What’s different?

You now need to pay before boarding at the machine, get a receipt, and show it if you’re asked. You can’t buy or refill your MetroCard at the machine, but Read more…

Filed under: Buses — Tags: , , , — mtohn @ 10:49 am
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

Read more…

February 23, 2010

Yesterday the NYC MTA announced that it was going to cut 1,000 jobs as an effort to manage a huge revenue shortfall. In December, the shortfall was estimated at $400 million. A few days ago, MTA Chairman reported that the deficit is now about $800 million.

Where are these job cuts coming from? 600 of them are administrative staff from different MTA divisions, and they make up about 15% of the non-union employees. The other 450 staff are NYC subway station agents. Get this, though, those 600 admin jobs somehow create a savings of $50 million. How does that work? Read more…