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MTA Fare Hike Goes Into Effect Easter Sunday

April 20, 2019 - 6:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Starting at midnight Saturday, it’ll cost MTA riders more to access buses, trains and subways.

The latest fare hike, which was approved by the MTA in February, is supposed to help the financially burdened transit agency. But even with the hike, the MTA is looking at a budget gap of nearly $1 billion by 2022.

Under the hike, the monthly MetroCard will go from $121 to $127, while a weekly will jump $1 from $32 to $33.

The base fare for subways and buses will stay the same -- $2.75 -- but the beloved 5 percent bonus will go away.

Experts have said the bonus is especially popular with low income people, who pay as they go instead of buying the weekly and monthly passes.

Fares are also going up about 4 percent for Metro-North and LIRR commuters.

Related: MTA Board Votes To Raise Some Fares, Cut MetroCard Bonus

Naturally, riders weren’t pleased to hear the news.

“It’s ridiculous to pay more,” one man said. “You pay more money, the service ain’t no good.”

One man simply said: “Rip-off.”

“It’s already tough enough for us,” someone else chimed in.

But most riders resigned that they don’t have much of a choice.

“It happens every time,” a man said. “I guess you have to deal with it.”

Despite the complaints of riders, the MTA maintains that subway service is getting better, with decreasing delays in recent months. They say the on-time rate was 78 percent last month -- up from 65 percent a year ago.

Should the MTA stick with its every-other-year schedule, another fare hike could come as soon as 2021.

About three weeks ago, drivers also saw toll increases throughout the area. 

E-ZPass payments for all East River crossings went from $5.76 to $6.12 and at the Henry Hudson Bridge it rose from $2.64 to $2.80. It went to $12.24 at the Verrazzano Bridge. Drivers without E-ZPass pay even more.