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MTA Fare Increase Begins March 22nd

Your commute is about to get a little more expensive.

On Sunday, March 22nd, MTA will enact its first fare increase since 2013. The base fare for subway and bus rides will go up a quarter, from $2.50 to $2.75, but the bonus amount added to any MetroCard purchase of at least one round trip will more than double, resulting in an effective increase of 10 cents, or 4.1%.

Unlimited Ride cards will also see costs go up; 30-Day Unlimited cards will increase to $116.50 from $112, and 7-Day Unlimited cards will go up to $31 from $30. Check out the MTA’s website for a table that breaks down these changes and explains what MetroCard option is the best value for you.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North riders will see fare increases of 2.2% to 6.1%, and tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels will increase 4% for drivers with E-ZPass and between 6.7% and 10% for those without.

MTA is planning a five-year, $32 billion capital campaign to make long-term improvements to its aging infrastructure, but is facing a $15 billion funding shortfall. These fare adjustments will generate a combined $210 million for the transit organization this year, but more state and city contributions will be needed to fill the funding gap.

Click here for more information on the MTA’s newest fare and toll increases.  

 

Photograph via Elizabeth Zanghi.

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