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MetroCard Fares Going Up Again, Insiders Say

Gone will be the 7 percent bonuses, while the base fare and 30-day unlimited cards will all go up as well.

MetroCard base fares will increase by a quarter and the 7 percent bonuses enjoyed by non-unlimited card riders will be eliminated, MTA insiders told the New York Daily News.

The MTA will unveil the fair-hike proposal next month, say insiders. The only riders who will feel the least burn are 30-day unlimited cardholders, whose MetroCard monthly price will only increase by $5, up to $109.

According to the paper, next month the MTA will also release several additional proposals – all of which would raise prices on the Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road, as well as tolls on the MTA’s nine bridges and tunnels. 

The MTA board will hold public hearings in November and vote on a final budget in December. Any fare hike would take effect in March.

December 2010 was the last time fares were raised, with unlimited MetroCards skyrocketing from $89 to $104. Stranghangers weren’t happy, but begrudgingly ate the cost anyway.

“To pay that much money for a monthly Metrocard is really expensive. There isn't really an option for me to ride a bike around or carpool though. I need to take the subway every day and so do most people in this city, so there isn't a choice but to accept the new costs for most of us,” Tenekqua Cauthen, 27, a pre-school teacher and Bed-Stuy resident told Patch.

Eddie September 19, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Wow! Now we have to pay extra to be subjected to more bus and train delays, subway lines that go kaput after midnight and on weekends and surly booth clerks who either don't know what is causing these delays or always out of train maps. Well, I shouldn't complain. The increase is a small fee for the entertainment the rats provide as they scurry about the train tracks and subway platforms.
Dudley Escobar September 19, 2012 at 03:21 PM
They're eliminating our bonuses, but I bet they're not eliminating their own. A NYTimes article in 2010 said that over 8000 MTA employees made six figures, and that a six-figure salary was the norm they were attempting to achieve. Must be nice.
Sara September 19, 2012 at 08:09 PM
So true...
Frank September 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Don't forget the pricey entertainment of crazies hollaring at riders, masturbating, and generally causing a stink. Where else would you pay 110 bucks to see that?
Gary October 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
What needs to happen is a good old fashioned boycott of the MTA. Everyone needs to pick two days where no one will ride buses and trains and let them feel that pinch. That's the only way we can show them our discontent about this!

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