NEW YORK — In a 12-2 vote on Thursday, the Metropolitan Transit Authority approved a fare increase for New York City subways and buses, the third fare hike in as many years.

Effective December 30, the unlimited monthly pass will rise from $89 to $104, an increase of 17 percent. The 7-day unlimited pass will increase from $27 to $29, a 7 percent increase, and single ride tickets will jump two pence to $2.50.

The sliding scale increases are greatest for monthly pass purchasers, who are statistically more affluent than weekly pass users. Roughly one-third of MTA riders purchase monthly passes.

The fare increases follow a series of service cuts over the summer, causing residents to question why the MTA’s best customers will soon pay more for fewer transport options.

“They say that the money’s going into the MTA, but where is it really going?” questioned Nadia Chaudhury, 25, a Queens Village resident who works in Midtown. “They’re firing people, cutting subways and bus lines—hell, they’ve even stopped cleaning the turnstiles so you’ll have to swipe more because of card errors. They’re embarking on ridiculous projects like the Second Avenue subway line and the 7-train extension even though they claim there’s no money.”

Chaudhury uses the bus and subway in her daily commute and says she will continue to purchase a monthly pass. “But I hate my reliance on the MTA,” she concludes.

Doreen M. Frasca, a Paterson-appointed MTA board member, lamented the decision but says the lack of state government funding leaves no other option. “Being on this board really made me stop believing in fairy tales,” Frasca told the New York Times.

The new fare structure is expected to create a 7.5 percent increase in MTA revenue.

Demond Green, 30, an actor who lives in Midtown, chooses not to purchase an unlimited pass but adds money to a regular Metrocard as needed. “I’ve certainly begun walking a lot more than usual just to save a bit more change after the last fare hike,” Green said. “I suppose that will only increase.”

Michael Mitchell, 25, a medical student and monthly pass user who commutes from the Upper West Side to Central Harlem, says the hike is not as great as had been rumored. “I will just never EVER use a cab now,” he wrote in an e-mail.

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Ann Crews Melton is a Blast correspondent

2 Responses

  1. DJ

    Yeah, I’m sure Doreen M. Frasca is having a really hard time making ends meet like most of the rest of us! How many other folks on the Board are former Merrill Lynch & Co. managing directors or other kinds of rich folks who can easily handle an extra 17 percent added on to the already high price of simply getting to and from WORK?! Enough is enough!

  2. patrick

    there is no legitimate reason as to YOU (MTA), believing that you must raise my fare from $89 to $104. it would be understandable and maybe even less of an issue if you raised it to $95. You need to fire those who are in charge of your budgeting because obviously they’re incompetence, is blinding. the mere fact that you would allow the fares to jump this high (WHILE laying off personnel, service removals etc.) shows that the infrastructure called MTA needs either to be replaced by something more efficient or someone/ some-people need to step down and be replaced, as this injustice (yes i said injustice) CANNOT continue. I’m 19 years of age, i Remember when the fares used to be 1.25, that seems so long ago. and now with my going to college i have seen the fare go from 81-104 in less than 2 years of my undergraduate career, this foolishness cannot continue as, pretty soon as i can see it, you (MTA) will not stop as you will continue to raise it until, people will be unable to live in New York City as the cost of movement in the city will be to high.
    I pray that you will see the error of your ways and repent before the ramification of your inability to budget correctly (something you are PAID to do) will spill out into the streets in a out pour of rage.


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