Do Not Want: Possible New York Subway Fare Hike
For once, the New York subway air is thick with a different stench. Today, the city sits on the edge of its seat and sniffs the acrid wafts of a rumor coming true: the transit authority is voting for a fare hike. Although we won't hear the official word until later today, when they've exhausted all options for bailout plans and tired of tap dancing around budgets, the proposed 25% hike will mean some serious shelling out for commuters and tourists alike.
If there's one major benefit to such price increases in public transportation, it's that more people consider biking and walking, but as everyone knows, New York has this problem with erratic drivers and terrorizing taxis. Then there are the tourists, who thrive on the single ride cards and yet jump around the city in tune with their guidebooks. With the subway prices going from $2.00 a ride to $2.50, a family of four would do well to budget $50 for a day of sightseeing. To calculate how this will impact everyone underneath the blue skies of the five boroughs, Gothamist has arranged a neat list:
· Single rides would go from $2 to $2.50—a 25% hike;
· 7-day unlimited cards would be $31 (currently $25)—a 24% hike;
· 14-day unlimited cards would be $59 (currently $47)—a 25% hike;
· 30-day unlimited card would be $103 (currently $81)—a 27% hike;
· 7-day express bus cards would be $51 (currently $41)—a 24% hike;
· Pay-per-ride Metrocard bonuses are kept intact
Needless to say, we're gritting our teeth along with the rest of the Big Apple, in the hopes that the bailout trend continues. New Yorkers need more fees like Seattleites needs more coffee options, which is to say, not at all.
· MTA Ready to Approve Fare Hike, Service Cut "Disaster" [Gothamist]
· Committee of NY transit agency votes for fare hike [AP]
· Public Transportation Coverage [Jaunted]