It’s controversial enough whenever the MTA tries to raise fares, but the public hearing notice that began appearing in newspapers yesterday just made matters worse by mentioning fare increases far greater than those announced at its board meeting last month.
MTA officials say that their proposal hasn’t changed. They are simply obligated to mention the highest possible fare—and that they failed to explain all the caveats that would have made those fares less shocking.
Below are the notices from the newspaper followed by some of the information the MTA has left out.
Base subway and bus fare to increase up to 25 cents—but MTA officials say that only applies to people buying paper single-ride tickets. A ride would still cost just $2.25 if loaded onto a MetroCard.
The 30-day unlimited MetroCard could increase “to as much as $130,” but officials say in that case, they’d offer a $99 version good for up to 90 rides that most riders would opt for. The MTA could also offer just one unlimited $104 version.
A 7-day MetroCard could cost $38—but again, it would be truly unlimited, offered in conjunction with a $28 version capped at 22 trips.
Bridge and tunnel tolls could increase for cars “to as much as $7 in each direction” at most major crossings—but only if the MTA raised tolls only for cash and non-New York State E-ZPass users. If tolls increased across the board, cash tolls would increase to $6 (from $5.50), and to $5.04 for E-ZPass (from $4.57).
Find the times and locations of the next public hearing here.