New Fares in effect as of March 19th, 2017
Fares and tolls are essential revenue that support the quality and quantity of service the MTA provides while helping to meet rising costs and achieve a balanced budget as required by law. For this reason, the MTA Financial Plan includes modest increases every two years. The MTA's focus on cost reduction and efficiencies has enabled it to achieve annually recurring savings of $1.6 billion in 2016, and even greater savings going forward. As a result, this proposal is the lowest increase since 2009 when the MTA first began increasing fares and tolls on a regular, biennial schedule.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Bus, and the MTA Staten Island Railway
The MTA Board approved increases that keep the base fare for subways and buses at $2.75 and adjust the pay-per-ride bonus to 5%, making the effective fare with the bonus $2.62. The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard will increase by only a dollar to $32; the 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard will increase from $116.50 to $121. The Single Ride Ticket remains at $3. The cash fare for Express Buses remains at $6.50, making the effective fare with the bonus $6.19.
The MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad
The majority of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers will see weekly and monthly passes increase 3.75% or less, with the change to monthly tickets capped at $15. Intermediate monthly and weekly ticket increases are also capped at 3.75%. Some one-way fares will have larger increases only because fares must occur in 25-cent increments. For these one-way fares, any change greater than 6 percent would be not more than 50 cents per ride; West of Hudson customers will see a 2% increase in fares; City Ticket remains unchanged at $4.25.
MTA Bridges & Tunnels
Tolls will rise less than 25 cents for cars crossing MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities and using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass, 73% of total crossings. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.3% to 9.1%. This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which is the least expensive way to collect and pay tolls.
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