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Brace Yourselves: MTA Subway Fares are Expected to Rise Again…and Then Again…

Bianca Bahamondes Bianca Bahamondes

Brace Yourselves: MTA Subway Fares are Expected to Rise Again…and Then Again…

The subway saga never ends.

As of a meeting that happened this Wednesday, it seems that there is no way subway fares won’t increase in 2019.

MTA Chairman, Joe Lhota, said that under the current law which was created in 2009, “at the present time” there is no way to stop fares from increasing ever year. This means that since the cost went up in 2017 it’ll go up again in 2019…and then in 2021…etc.

Given, this isn’t new information considering the last fare hike was in March 2017. Single rides remained $2.75, but the weekly and monthly metro cards increased by $1 and $4.50, respectively.

However, some of the MTA board members are hoping they’ll get a chance to vote for a congestion-pricing plan as opposed to increasing the subway. According to the Daily News, the city transportation commissioner and MTA board member Polly Trottenberg says that although mayor Bill de Blasio was originally against the idea, he’s “now expressed some interest.”

(Thankfully, because every other year is starting to feel excessive,amirite?)

According to Trottenberg, Governor Cuomo’s fees on cabs and car services, like Uber and Lyft, has been helpful in quickly producing revenue the agency needs.

Featured image source: Photo by Eddi Aguirre on Unsplash