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PATH fare to increase 25 cents, officials say

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PATH fare to increase 25 cents, officials say

by Ron Marsico

The Star-Ledger

January 03, 2008

 

[float=right]medium_path1.jpg[/float]The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected Friday to vote to increase PATH rail fares by a quarter instead of the originally proposed 50 cent increase, officials familiar with the plan said today.

 

PATH customers would pay $1.75 per trip, up from the current $1.50, while motorists using the Port Authority's Hudson River and Staten Island crossings will pay $8, under hikes likely to be approved Friday by the agency's board of commissioners.

 

Agency officials initially proposed raising PATH fares to $2, though New Jersey representatives privately were ambivalent since the overwhelming majority of customers are Garden State residents and because the agency has made increased use of mass transit a major goal in recent years. They said they do not believe New York's representatives would seek to block the reduction in the PATH hike.

 

Additional revenue from the PATH increase was estimated annually at between $25 million and $30 million if the fare hike had been 50 cents. Estimated additional yearly revenue from the bridge and tunnel toll increases is roughly $300 million.

 

Under the revised plan, discounted PATH fares still would be available to riders purchasing 20- and 40-ticket rides, with the average cost-per-ride somewhere between $1.30 and $1.35.

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1.75 isn't terrible. But the Bridge and Tunnel Crossings, $8.00!, it almost as bad as the Verrazano:eek:

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They want everyone to use mass transit, but if you have a family it can get very expensive. Round trip NJ Transit bus from north jersey is $8.80 per adult, plus my 3 kids plus subway once we get to the city. $8.00 for tolls and I can always find cheap parking.

 

It's just not economically feasible.

Paul

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They want everyone to use mass transit, but if you have a family it can get very expensive. Round trip NJ Transit bus from north jersey is $8.80 per adult, plus my 3 kids plus subway once we get to the city. $8.00 for tolls and I can always find cheap parking.

 

It's just not economically feasible.

Paul

 

I've heard similar stories from people living in Westchester and Long Island. Taking your family to the city for the day isn't just a quick subway ride, like it is for us in the Bronx. It takes a big chunk out of your pocket. Metro-North and LIRR charge similar fares.

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Aw man, there goes that extra quarter that I can actually buy a candy bar with when I get home.

 

Oops, did I say that?

 

Oh well. Increase to $1.75 isn't so bad I guess. I can live with it.

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Those of us who drive are screwed. My ezpass is going to feel it now, or maybe my wallet is.

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Those of us who drive are screwed. My ezpass is going to feel it now, or maybe my wallet is.

Try to start taking the trains or buses or something to that affect if possible. If you can't, well, save with lunch money you get. B)

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Try to start taking the trains or buses or something to that affect if possible. If you can't, well, save with lunch money you get. B)

 

Not my lunch money!:mad:

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