If you are a New Yorker and take public transportation, you knew this was coming sooner rather than later. The MTA has announced an upcoming fare increase for most MTA commuters. The increase is scheduled to go into effect on March 22nd, 2015. Here is what you need to know.
Fare Increase Chart
|Base MetroCard Fare/Local Bus Cash Fare||$2.50||$2.75|
|Bonus||5% with $5 purchase||11% with $5.50 purchase|
|Effective Fare with Bonus||$2.38||$2.48|
|Single Ride Ticket (base MetroCard/Cash Fare plus 25 cents)||$2.75||$3.00|
|Express Bus Fare|
|Effective MetroCard Fare with Bonus||$5.71||$5.86|
|7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard||$55.00||$57.25|
*Note: The $1 fee for purchasing a new MetroCard will remain unchanged.
The vast majority of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers will see fares increase 4.25% or less. Fares will rise between 2.2% and 6.1% for tickets to and from Zone 1 on LIRR, to and from Manhattan on Metro-North East-of-Hudson service, and to and from Hoboken/Secaucus Junction on Metro-North West-of-Hudson service. Over 80% of those trips will see fare increases of 4.25% or less, and for monthly and weekly commuters, all fares will increase less than 4.25%.
Some railroad fares will increase more than 4%, because fare changes must occur in 25-cent increments. However, any increase of more than 6% will result in a fare increase of no more than 50 cents per trip. The cost of a City Ticket will increase by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of on board fares and refunds remain unchanged. The new fares will be posted on www.mta.info.
Tolls will rise 4% on MTA Bridges and Tunnels for over 75% of crossings that are made by cars and trucks using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass. Those car tolls will increase 21 cents to $5.54 at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.7% to 10%. This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which reduces wait times and environmental impact.
NYCSC E-ZPass customers will receive discounts off the cash price ranging from 31% to 66%, depending on the crossing, type of vehicle and applicable resident discount programs. These significant discounts are available to customers who use E-ZPasses issued by the NYCSC, which serves the MTA, the New York State Thruway Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Any driver can apply for an NYCSC E-ZPass regardless of where they live. MTA Bridges and Tunnels also offers substantial discounts to residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways.
For full details, http://web.mta.info/mta/news/hearings/2015FareTolls/