Fare hikes still coming to NYC

Monday’s MTA meeting provided us with an opportunity to see what the new fares will be in June 2009, as well as get reassurances that there won’t be any service cuts, although some workers will be laid off, or positions will go unfilled. Read the Liveblog of the MTA meeting if you want to get some information first hand.

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Thanks to Benjamin Kabak at Second Avenue Sagas, here’s a quick look at what the new fares will be on June 28, 2009:

Fare Type Current New Change
Base Fare $2.00 $2.25 12.5 %
Bonus and Buy-In 15 % at $7.00 ($1.74) 15 % at $8.00 ($1.96) 12.5 %
1-Day Pass $7.50 $8.25 10 %
7-Day Pass $25.00 $27.00 8 %
14-Day Pass $47.00 $51.50 9.6 %
30-Day Pass $81.00 $89.00 9.9 %

What do you think? Are you disappointed at the new fares? Excited? Looking forward to the fare hikes? Wished Doomsday had happened? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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2 responses to “Fare hikes still coming to NYC

  1. i’m not a new yorker but glad the prices weren’t those that were anticipated. especially in these rough times, increasing popular and necessary transit costs can be a death trap for many.

    • Great point, HarriMac. Raising fares to a price point that is too high for the poorest of New Yorkers could be detrimental to the economy of the city. Or, people would have to make sacrifices like walking a mile or two to work because they cannot afford a transit pass.

      Minimum wage in NY State is $7.15/hour. Let’s say that 1/3 of their salary goes to taxes, social security, etc. – this means that one week’s pay ALONE would go toward paying for a monthly MetroCard!