MTA seeks to increase fares by 4 percent

MTA seeks to increase fares by 4 percent

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Commuters exit the 14th Street-Union Square subway station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. It now costs $2.75 to ride the New York subway as of March 22, a 25-cent increase that will help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bu Commuters exit the 14th Street-Union Square subway station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. It now costs $2.75 to ride the New York subway as of March 22, a 25-cent increase that will help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bu

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pushing forward with plans to increase fares next year.
  
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota proposed two 4 percent fare hikes during a board meeting Wednesday, with one taking place in 2019, and the other in 2021.
  
MTA officials say the hikes are necessary to stave off budget deficits and decreased ridership.
  
The New York Daily News reports subway and bus ridership dropped by 7.7 million weekday passengers in May compared to the same time last year. The agency is expected to see a $376 million decrease in fare revenue between 2019 and 2022.
  
Lhota says the transit system is experiencing a nationwide trend of fewer riders. He says it's due to a combination of service, for-hire vehicles and fare evasion.

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