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Free Ride: New York's MTA to Waive Fares for Some Subway Lines on Sandy Anniversary
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:13 PM
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.