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Straphangers lost fare battle - but can win the wider war


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Straphangers lost fare battle - but can win the wider war

For the 10th time in more than 25 years, the MTA just voted to raise subway, bus and commuter fares.


The board voted 12-to-2 to increase some transit fares, while the base fare for subways and buses will stay at $2.


Monthly unlimited-ride MetroCards will increase to $81 from $76 and weekly cards to $25 from $24. The hike follows a concerted effort by politicians and straphangers to stop the plan.


I have to wonder if this year's battle - with seven public hearings, scores of news stories, hundreds of riders testifying and thousands of anti-fare hike flyers - made a difference.


You can't minimize the impact of higher fares on the most vulnerable New Yorkers. For the home health aide (earning $21,160 a year on average), teaching assistant ($23,840) or cook ($17,000 to $26,000), this fare hike will be a serious hardship. But as someone at the center of these fare fights for more than a quarter century, I believe there were some important wins this year.


Important steps forward include:


Full story: nydailynews_logo.gif icon_offsite.png - December 20, 2007

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