Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
MTA Approves Fare Hikes
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
New York, NY —
The MTA's board gave its approval to a deficit-reducing budget that will mean a $2.50 bus and subway ride, a $6.50 Battery Tunnel and RFK bridge toll, and a $13 one-way charge to cross the Verrazano bridge. WNYC's has more.
In a series of three 12-1 votes, the full MTA board approved the hikes this morning among the steepest in the subway system's more than a 100-year history. The Authority also approved deep service cuts and layoffs, and says its five-year plan to upgrade and repair the system will soon come to a halt. But after the vote, authority chairman Lee Sander said there still may be time to change course if state senators approve a bailout package, and urged New Yorkers to lobby their legislators to get behind that plan.
A handful of state senators continue to block a plan to raise tolls on the East River bridges.