MTA board votes to keep base fare, reduce rider bonus
The MTA board voted Wednesday to keep the base fare for subways and buses at $2.75 for the next two years, but the accompanying purchase bonus will decrease.
MTA CEO Thomas Prendergast says the hikes help meet budget needs without being too burdensome on riders, but critics say the MTA continues to increase fares without improving service.
Board members approved increases that keep the base fare for subways and buses at $2.75 and to keep a pay-per-ride bonus, making the effective fare with the bonus $2.62.
The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, which is heavily used by lower-income and frequent riders, 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.
Tolls at bridges and tunnels will also increase.
The new fares will take effect March 19.