Diaz blasts proposed fare hike, says NYC should control MTA

January 16, 2019 - 12:52 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The MTA plans to vote this month on boosting fares from $2.75 to $3, but the agency is already getting pushback from riders with help from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Diaz was handing out flyers at a subway station on the Grand Concourse in Mott Haven Wednesday morning.

The flyers urged riders to call the MTA directly to voice their opposition to the fare hike.

“We are saying: ‘No way, no how. We will not pay more if we are being offered less in services,’” Diaz said.

One commuter told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck that she has “no time with my kids” because of late trains.

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Another rider said she had a messy train ride Wednesday morning.

“It was not good,” she said. “It was garbage. It was mad people on the train.”

The MTA board is meeting in the next couple weeks to discuss raising fares, and a new fare could kick in as early as March.

Diaz says if New Yorkers are going to pay a higher fare, they should have more control over city buses and the subway.

“Perhaps part of the reorganizations of the MTA should be, if you’re asking New Yorkers to pay more, then the New York City transit system should be given back to the City of New York,” he said.

The MTA is looking at two fare hike options; one would keep the base bus and subway fare at $2.75 but eliminate MetroCard bonuses, the other would raise the base fare to $3.

Both plans would also bump the price of a 7-day MetroCard up to $33, and a 7-day Express Bus Pass to $63.