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MTA Votes to Approve 2013 Fare Hike

Subway, bus and LIRR fares will increase in March, as will bridge and tunnel tolls.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority board voted Wednesday morning to increase fares across the city's mass transit system, including subways, buses, LIRR trains and tolls.

Citing ongoing budget issues, rising pension costs and unexpected overruns as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the board approved a four-year capital plan on Wednesday that the transit giant hopes will allow it to balance its budget.

Fare hikes are as follows:

  • Base train and bus fare will rise to $2.50 from $2.25
  • Monthly Metrocards will go to $112 from $104. 
  • Weekly Metrocards will go to $30 from $29
  • The bonus fare ceiling on pay-per-ride cards will drop from $10 to $5, but the actual bonus will drop from 7 percent to 5 percent.
  • A $1 new card surcharge will be added to each card purchased to encourage riders to refill old cards. 
  • LIRR fares will increase between 8 and 10 percent. 

All fare increases and surcharges will start in March 2013. The fare hikes have been floated by the MTA since October.

In addition to the increased cost of mass transit, bridge and tunnel tolls will also be climbing.

  • Westbound cash users on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will now pay $15 to cross.
  • The cash toll will now be $7.50 at the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, RFK Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge and Hugh L. Carey Tunnel.

Mark Epstein, of the Long Island Rail Road Commuters Council, said the fare hike was coming at a bad time for riders.

“By today’s Board vote, Long Island Rail Road riders are being hit with a substantial fare increase when many are struggling to make ends meet, and what is even more disturbing is that riders had no vote on these fare hikes," Epstein said.

City Comptroller John Liu also thought the fare increases would hit those least able to bear the burden.

“The MTA fare hikes are unfortunate because they fall disproportionately on low-income New Yorkers, and they hurt even worse because so many are still reeling from the economic effects of the recent recession and Superstorm Sandy," Liu said. "New Yorkers already pay a disproportionately high price for mass transit. The MTA needs to look for more support from the City, state, and federal governments and not try to balance its books on the backs of straphangers.”

Tajuana Jackson December 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Everything going up but my pay check. Unable to get food stamps. HRA needs to be shame of thereself. Its so hard to get food stamps. It should be given if you work or don't work. Its to get food. America help your people. Rent is high. MTA going up. Every household should get. Without being put on hold for this or that. College students are asked when applying for food stamps to do some kind of program hell they already in school. Please someone check on HRA about that. Their making it very hard to get assistance for food stamps.
TAMMY February 27, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Everytime the MTA increases the subway/bus fare and increases tolls on the bridges/tunnels it also increases fare beating and toll evasion. I know someone who travels to Staten Island every day and never pays the insane toll anymore. He has stolen plates and just breezes through whenever he feels like it. If tolls were small then most people will pay. Higher the rate = Higher the theft.
Scottilla February 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM
It's better than the alternative. I would not enjoy driving into Manhattan on a regular basis.
TAMMY February 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Oh by the way what where is the RKF Bridge and Hugh Carey Tunnel located.

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