Unless you have been living under a rock the last few days, the biggest news in the world of local mass transit was the potential specifics of the 2011 fare hike. Some of the biggest info to come from recent reports included a $1 surcharge tax on MetroCards, the elimination of off-peak fares on commuter railroads, & a cap on “unlimited” MetroCards.
Today’s New York Daily News reveals that the MTA will release the complete information on the fare increase sometime this month. In their report, they highlight how the fare for single ride paper MetroCards would rise to $2.50. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more:
Straphangers who buy single-ride paper tickets at subway station vending machines would pay an extra quarter under the MTA’s budget proposal, which is to be released this month, sources said.
Only about 2.1% of subway riders use one-way tickets.
The $2.25 base fare would remain the same for other straphangers, including bus riders paying with coins, sources said.
If there’s a silver lining to the latest proposed increases, it’s that the largest group of regular riders would see the smallest increase – 4%. That’s for the 36% of all riders who use Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards.
Click here for the complete report.
I anxiously await the MTA’s release of complete information in relation to the upcoming fare hike. I am hoping we will get some concrete answers on the capping of unlimited MetroCards & the elimination of off-peak fares on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) & Metro-North Railroad. (MNRR). Either way you slice it, until our elected officials help fund mass transit with sustainable solutions, we will continue to pay more for less.
xoxo Transit Blogger