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Subway, Bus Ticket Prices Rise After MTA Vote

MTA single rides and weekly and monthly passes will become more expensive beginning March of 2013.

Commuters in the Hudson Valley will have to shell out a little more for MTA bus, subway and train rides come March 2013.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted Wednesday to increase the one-time fare for bus and subway rides from $2.25 to $2.50.

New upticks will also drive the price of an unlimited, week-long pass to $30 from $29, and increase the price of an unlimited, month-long pass to $112 from $104.

The increases will fund the organization's required $450 million in annual revenue, officials said.

Commuters who refill their Metrocards will also see a dip in the bonus they recieve—the gratis money will fall from seven-percent to five-percent, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. Tickets prices for Metro-North railroad will also rise about nine-percent.

Tolls on MTA bridges like the RFK will increase as a result of the vote, as well.

Tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge—which is not an MTA property—remain at $5, but may jump to as high as $14 in coming years to finance the new Hudson span.

The decision comes on the heels of MTA officials mulling over four possible price change options that were hashed out over a series of public meetings. The three other options, which will not be implemented, can be read here.

JM December 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Sure why not.... MTA can do whatever they want... And they do...
Stacey Maher December 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Has any branch of government ever audited the MTA? The MTA Union, the Inspector General's office the Transit Department? The abuse, Overtime, investigations, sleeping, unapproved moonlighting, etc is out of control.
JM December 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
They expect us dummies to keep paying them.
stephany December 20, 2012 at 02:00 AM
can't carlucci "call" for something
JM December 21, 2012 at 06:59 PM
a short 5 years away.... Tolls on the Tappan Zee Bridge—which is not an MTA property—remain at $5, but may jump to as high as $14 ... what is this the GWB. We are not going ino Manhattan... just Westchester. The Governing bodies need to bring prices down... not up. Is the government so out of touch with the people that they don't understand we just cannot afford this any longer? We may need another tea party.

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