Jump to content
Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.
Sign in to follow this  
Trainspotter

'Mother of all fare hikes' looming

Recommended Posts

Straphangers could be slammed with a fare hike that jacks the cost of a ride to as much as $3 next year - unless there's a state bailout, a Daily News analysis reveals.

 

"We could be looking at the mother of all fare hikes," said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign.

 

"This whopping increase would likely be coupled with very serious service cuts. In plain English, it could be lots more out of your pocket for the joy of more crowding, longer waits and less reliable service."

 

The $2 base fare is the MTA's most likely target because it hasn't climbed in five years, while unlimited-ride MetroCards have been boosted three times, most recently in March.

 

At the time, critics howled that regular riders were being forced to dig deeper, while out-of-towners - who tend to pay per ride - were let off the hook.

 

Melissa Garcia, 22, a college student from Washington Heights, shuddered at the thought of paying more to ride the subways.

 

"The economy is in shambles," she said. "There are no jobs. The price of food is going up. Now, they want to hit us up with this? Please. It's horrendous."

 

Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Elliot Sander said Monday the authority's budget crisis will force it to impose "Draconian" fare hikes and service cuts without an additional $800 million.

 

Even after making cuts, the MTA will be short about $600 million, agency figures show.

 

Filling that gap would require a 24% fare hike for MetroCards, train tickets and tolls - if the MTA applied the increase evenly across every category.

 

The agency hasn't tended to do that in the past, however.

 

Instead, the MTA is expected to take aim at the base fare for the biggest percentage increase - bumping it to $2.50 or even $3, a Daily News analysis shows.

 

An MTA spokesman declined to comment on the figures.

 

Already grappling with a huge state budget gap, Gov. Paterson formed a commission to find the MTA more money, such as adding tolls on the now free East River bridges or imposing more taxes.

 

Recommendations are due next month. The MTA has to come up with a balanced fiscal 2009 budget by the end of the year.

 

Even if the fare leaps to $3, most riders don't pay the full amount.

 

The current average cost of a ride is about $1.35; the vast majority of riders get discounts, either by buying at least four rides at a time or using unlimited-ride MetroCards.

 

Still, the possibility of a 50% hike in the base fare did not sit well with riders.

 

"I'm on the borderline of middle class and poor," said Bryan Tate, 36, a mail carrier from Brooklyn.

 

"You can't just keep taxing us, fare-hiking us, and asking us for more and more without eventually breaking us," Tate said. "It's not fair. You have these Wall Street executives throwing a party with [money they got in] a bailout and we're left holding the bag."

 

BY PETE DONOHUE

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

November 12th 2008

post-5-133288580144_thumb.jpg

post-5-133288580144_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So would that mean another hike for Unlimited Card users? I hope not. I already got shafted by the last hike.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

3 dollar swipe = my pants on fire while wearing a yankees shirt barefoot & juggling rats i find in trackbed.

 

Basically either it won't happen or i'm not gonna let it. :)

 

- A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 dollar swipe = my pants on fire while wearing a yankees shirt barefoot & juggling rats i find in trackbed.

 

Basically either it won't happen or i'm not gonna let it. :)

 

- A

Unless you own a car and can afford gas, you WILL pay it and the MTA knows it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Unless you own a car and can afford gas, you WILL pay it and the MTA knows it.

 

Oh no no my friend. I don't have to go to nyc. I am just as happy looking on from the NJ side of the hudson. Not the same, but not lame. Plus, if i want to go to nyc i'll take PATH to 33rd st and stick to midtown, no subway needed, i can walk. :)

 

- A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Oh no no my friend. I don't have to go to nyc. I am just as happy looking on from the NJ side of the hudson. Not the same, but not lame. Plus, if i want to go to nyc i'll take PATH to 33rd st and stick to midtown, no subway needed, i can walk. :)

 

- A

Do you plan on walking to Citi Field from 33rd Street? :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
LIRR.

 

- A

 

The money still goes to the MTA :) So much for you "boycotting" over the possible new fares. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The money still goes to the MTA :) So much for you "boycotting" over the possible new fares. :)

 

Nah, jus' th' subway metrocard part. ;)

 

- A

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Yikes. Good thing I'll eventually have a job w/ the MTA.

I'll pay nothing more than the energy it takes to swipe my badge. Lol... =)

The fare hike will probably be in effect before either one of us starts working for the MTA. *sigh*

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Unless you own a car and can afford gas, you WILL pay it and the MTA knows it.

 

My ass! I am a Metro DPS officer, If I dont want to use my car and want to take the bus of subway I will! and guess what... I aint payin! MTA Police will stop me, but will later let me go when they see that I work with them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Actualy, I have my own company, and we carry firearms, YAA!

 

You should still pay for the fare.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Meh... I probly wont but I'll Think about it...:)

 

I would think about it :) Wouldn't want the MTA to get complaints about it ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is a damn shame......(MTA) is so greedy.....they claim they are "broke", but they ordering so much demo buses and ordering new trains. They can find other ways to get money other than raising the fares to $3....that is utterly ridiculous and selfish. (MTA)=Money Taking blankity blank

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
$3! thank god i got a free metrocard

 

Don't they now have half-fare student cards too? I wonder if they'll make them all that way soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Student cards are only valid during certain times of the day, and not on weekends.

 

- A

 

Actually, there are several kinds. The one you're probably most familiar with is there standard green unlimited one that has three trips and transfers per day. (Also in orange for the younger kids) Then there are "pay-per-ride-like" separate 2 trip cards (presumably for weekend use). The one I'm referring to is like the first one, but doesn't provide full fare. I've seen these only in the last few years, and I wondered if the MTA was introducing them to phase out the total bus pass.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.