MTA pitches subway, bus fare hikes by Labor Day weekend

GOTHAMIST, Stephen Nessen, May 22, 2023

The MTA is looking to increase the subway, bus and commuter railroad fares for the first time in four years, reestablishing the predictable pattern of biennial fare increases.

At Monday’s MTA committee meetings, the agency unveiled its latest fare and toll increase proposals. The cost of a single subway or bus trip would go from $2.75 to $2.90, which would be a 5% increase.

After reviewing its ridership data, the MTA found that low income commuters are still choosing the seven-day and 30-day unlimited MetroCard trips at a higher rate than buying single trips. So, the MTA said it would increase those fares, but at a lower percentage than the single ride.

A 30-day unlimited will go from $127 to $132, and the seven-day unlimited will go up by a buck to $34, under the plan. The commuter railroads would see fares go up about 4%.

Commuter Carlos Marin from Brooklyn has lived in the city for 25 years and takes the subway everyday. Marin said there should be an even greater police presence and more security in the subways if the MTA wants to raise costs now.

“If they’re going to increase the fare, but they’re going to start taking more care of the subway in the sense of security and clean it up…then I can be on board with the increase,” he said.

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