Free Ride: New York's MTA to Waive Fares for Some Subway Lines on Sandy Anniversary

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:13 PM

Your MetroCard not needed here: A train riders in the Rockaways and R train riders in Brooklyn will ride free on Tuesday.

Some of the MTA's hardest-hit subway lines will be free on October 29.

According to an email sent from Governor Andrew Cuomo: "From 12:01 Tuesday morning until 11:59 Tuesday evening, riders entering stations on the A line between Howard Beach and the Rockaway Peninsula and riders entering stations on the R line between Bay Ridge-95th Street and Court Street will not be charged a fare."


The email continues: "These free rides are a thank you to the MTA riders in the Rockaways in Queens and those who use the R train in Brooklyn for taking the hardships of the storm in stride and for their understanding in the months since."

The tube that carries the R train from Brooklyn to Manhattan was badly during the storm and is in the midst of a 14-month closure for repairs. The A was out of service in the Rockaways for seven months.

No word yet on how much in lost revenue this could cost the MTA -- nor how major transfer points (Atlantic Avenue-Barclays, for example) will be handled.


Comments [4]

jack from brooklyn

Hey Governor Homo. Thanks for the free ride in the Morning. I plan on not paying the fare on the way home too. To me the whole system should be free on the anniversary of the hurricane.

Oct. 28 2013 04:13 PM

I think in my opinion,that it is not one bit fair that passengers riding two subway lines (R&A) get a free ride today 10/28/13 while the rest of the passengers riding the rest of the transit system must pay full transit fare.Yes, I am well aware of the fact that the A line had subway service knocked out to the Rockaways because of the Sandy Storm and the R line has its tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn closed down for repairs for the same reason. Howeaver, there was major damage done to tunnel sections of other subway lines and it is yet to be known if they will have a free ride day like the R and A lines had.If you are going to play "teachers pet" with certain subway lines, then you might as well split up ALL transit lines like they were years ago and let each subway line figure out their own transit fare and for that matter, you just might have the Transport Workers Union Local 100 down on the backs of the State and M.T.A too.If that ever happens, it might be good enough for them!.b

Oct. 28 2013 11:34 AM

Free transportation makes sense, but why limit it to October 29th when the MTA has a surplus? Why not remove the charge for riding public transportation of all sorts every Tuesday and every Election Day?

Oct. 28 2013 08:44 AM
Monthly Metrocard Holder from New York, NY

This seems like a silly gesture that'll cause more headaches than anything. The people most inconvenienced by storm closures (and who lost money with the closed-then-free transit system last year) were commuters who held weekly or monthly Metrocards. Making Tuesday free doesn't actually save them any money, either - they've likely already got a monthly or weekly card they'll be using all next week. So it's a thank you to those who tolerated so much in the past year - by asking them to endure potentially more crowded trains as their station becomes free, once again, for a day.

Oct. 25 2013 04:12 PM

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