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May 22, 2019

MTA will hear from riders on fare hikes at public hearing

November 28, 2018
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is holding the hearing at Baruch College in Manhattan Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. on fare and toll hikes that would take effect in March, if approved. (Anthony DelMundo / New York Daily News)

New Yorkers got their chance to sound off on fare and toll increases Tuesday evening at the MTA’s first public hearing on a proposed price hike.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority held the hearing at Baruch College in Manhattan Tuesday at 5 p.m. on fare and toll hikes that — if approved — will take effect in March.

Riders face two options for the fare increases. One will hold the base fare at $2.75 and scrap the 5% bonus riders get by adding $5.50 or more to a Metrocard.

The other option increases the fare to $3 and gives riders a 10% bonus for each round trip loaded onto a MetroCard.

A 30-day unlimited MetroCard will go up to $127 or $126.25, depending on which plan is approved. Currently a monthly card costs $121.

A seven-day unlimited MetroCard will cost $33 under both options. Currently it’s $32 per week.

Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North riders will see hikes of about 4% on weekly and monthly tickets and one-way fares.

Bridge and tunnel tolls will go up between 4% and 8% between the two proposals.

For Access-A-Ride, offered to people who can’t use subways or buses, the fares could rise 25 cents to $3, a 9.1% jump, accessibility advocates say.

Under the current fare schedule, Access-A-Ride users pay $2.75, the same as the base subway and bus fare. Access-A-Ride customers reserve their trips ahead of time, and ride in lift- or ramp-equipped vans, or in sedans.

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have opposed fare hikes. But MTA officials are banking on them, as they face a $1 billion budget shortfall in 2022.

The MTA board will have the final say on the vote.

There will be hearings in the Bronx on Thursday at Hostos Community College at 5 p.m. and in Long Island at the Hilton Long Island in Melville.

Meetings are scheduled in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester County and West Nyack for December.

The MTA lasted voted to hike fares on on Jan. 25, 2017. They took effect in March.

The agency first began increasing fares and tolls on a regular biennial schedule in 2009.

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