MTA Approves Fare Hikes

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The long-awaited MTA fare hike is now official. MTA Chairman Jay Walder announced Thursday that the price of a monthly MetroCard will go from $89 to $104, weekly cards will rise from $27 to $29 and base fares for single rides will increase by 25 cents.

All but two members of the board approved the 17 percent fare hike. One of the dissenting members who objected to the fare hikes, Norman Seabrook, says, "It's the working poor that get smacked around every time we turn around."

"These are exceptionally difficult times, financially, in the state. We all know that. Difficult choices are going to be made going forward," Walder says, defending the increase. He says the decison was pre-ordained back in May 2009, when the state legislature crafted a rescue plan for the MTA that authorized the board to increase fares by about 8 percent. 

"Our public transit system relies on support from our federal, state and local governments," Walder says. "And in this regard, we have been let down. We have seen funds cut from the MTA this year at a time when we had no choice, but to make it up by cutting service and raising fares."

Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign is calling for state government to intervene. "These cuts and fare hikes are not only caused by the poor economy, they're caused by Albany, City Hall and Washington not coming to the rescue. That's why our folks are here with signs today that say 'Riders to Albany: Help,' " Russianoff says.

The fare hikes go into effect on January 1, 2011.

Updated at 12:45 p.m.



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Comments [13]

Roger from Astoria, NY

The idea of a one-day boycott is idiotic. The hardest hit by the hike are the ones who have already spent their money on unlimited cards. The MTA couldn't care less whether or not they decide to ride for one day. Maybe a month-long or two-month-long boycott would have an effect. Care to put your money where your mouth is?

Nov. 15 2010 02:53 PM

When is the one-day boycott of the subway system to protest the fare hikes?
I can't find out what day it is scheduled for.

Oct. 15 2010 09:53 AM
V.O from Queens

Let's stop talking about a boycott and actually organize one.
I would definitely participate!

Oct. 08 2010 10:16 AM

I wouldn't mind the fare hike as much if I thought the money it produced for the MTA would actually be put to good use. If you look at the disaster that the Second Avenue subway line has become, as well as the state of stations and trains throughout the city, you have to wonder: where is all the money ACTUALLY going? The MTA is in massive debt right now, but is that debt going to be alleviated by the fare hike? But if you look at the lack of efficiency and accountability with spending, it's just adding insult to injury.

Oct. 08 2010 08:22 AM

time to buy a car

Oct. 07 2010 11:02 PM

Time for a boycott! Enough is enough. The MTA is ripping the meat off the bones of the working poor. Boycott! carpool and gypsy cab it to work

Oct. 07 2010 10:15 PM
Anthony from Bronx, NYC

i'm done with the MTA. Now i'm just going to bike to work. We should just boycott the MTA.

Oct. 07 2010 10:11 PM
Carol from Brooklyn

To speak seriously, the low wage working person needs a break. The most basic no-frills transportation should not be a financial burden to the everyday working guy. The subway is such an essential part of the economic activity of this city that it should be allowed to operate at a loss, subsidized, as essential to the economic functioning of the city. Fares should be lowered, especially for monthly cards. After all, we don't pay (directly) for garbage pick-up, we don't pay (directly) for schooling even if we have ten children in school, we don't pay (directly) for police services, etc. We get parks, parades and picnics without paying.
And an essential thing like transportation?

Oct. 07 2010 08:38 PM

First they wanted to discourage car use by charging admission to midtown. Then they take away bus routes, which encourges cars to be used to replace busses. And taking away the busstops encourages cars by allowing more parking. Then on top of it all, they increase the cost of of a public transportation ride, making car usage even more viable. Somebody is nuts.

Oct. 07 2010 08:16 PM
Ed from NYC, NY

The subway stations are a mess, those that have been renovated are only half-done, they're covered with peeling paint and rats, most of them have no access for people on wheelchairs, virtually no escalators, there's no personnel to help if you have an emergency, and yet, they are charging 3 times more than most of the subway systems in the main cities of the world.
Anything wrong with this picture?

Oct. 07 2010 07:24 PM
Chris from Astoria, NY

Not only is the fare hike ridiculous, especially since it was just raised last year, but half of the MTA card machines are barely working. I don't know how many times I have had to go to the teller because the machine has eaten my money, just for them to tell me to send my card in with an envelope. Doesn't help me AT ALL when I am standing at the station. On top of which the customer service is absolutely appalling. Please someone explain to me why I should be paying MORE MONEY to be showered with attitude god forbid I have a question or need some assistance. This is a case where you DON'T get what you pay for!

Oct. 07 2010 06:25 PM
Lisa from Brooklyn, NY

Of course those voting for the fare hike most likely don't even take the subway. It's amazing to see how we continue to make things more difficult for the poor. Not only are we forced into a fare hike but we continue to experience service cuts. Makes absolutely no sense. The problem is we are no longer united, in the 60s, people stood up for what they believe. I think the MTA needs a boycott, maybe then they will think twice before they decide to raise the fare!

Oct. 07 2010 03:58 PM
henry from nyc

looks like we'll be walking more.

Oct. 07 2010 01:05 PM

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