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Happy Easter, MTA riders! New fare hike takes effect Sunday

April 20, 2019 - 12:55 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — At the stroke of midnight, get ready to dig deeper into your pocket for a ride on MTA subways, railroads and buses. 

MTA fares are scheduled to rise once again on Easter Sunday.

A single trip on a subway or bus will remain $2.75, but an unlimited seven-day MetroCard will cost $33 instead of $32. And an unlimited 30-day MetroCard will cost $127, up from $121.

Commuter LIRR and Metro-North fares will go up by about 4 percent.

Another big change: The end of MetroCard bonuses, which will make the cards more expensive for people who put multiple rides on their cards at one time.

Ben Fried, of the nonprofit Transit Center, says low income riders will be hit most by the elimination of MetroCard bonuses.

“The people who were getting a lot of use out of the bonus tend to be low income riders who can’t afford to buy a whole weekly pass,” Fried said.

One commuter told 1010 WINS: “It’s unfair to those of us New Yorkers that are already having a very high cost of living to keep going through these increases every year or every other year.

The MTA announced the fare hikes in February. Tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels already increased back on March 31.

MTA chairman Pat Foye says the fare hikes are badly needed and that service is improving for riders who take the subways, buses, Metro-North and LIRR.

"Nobody's happy about a fare increase, including we at the MTA. We know that customers -- many of them are on limited budgets and everybody is stretched these days. And that's why we thought it was important to keep the fare increase to below the rate of inflation," he said. 

This is the first fare hike since Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a transit emergency in 2017.

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