Brace Yourselves… MTA Fare Hikes Are Coming

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Brace Yourselves… MTA Fare Hikes Are Coming

You know what New Yorkers love? We just love handing over more of our hard earned cash to the MTA! In some way’s the Transit Authority is like the worst date you’ve ever been on; s/he arrives late, it’s way too expensive and you’ll end up in your apartment alone at the end of the night regardless.

The MTA is considering two different plans to raise subway and bus fares in 2017. The bad news? Both plans will increase the cost of a monthly MetroCard to $121 and weekly cards to $32.

Under both plans the 7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard is also the same increase, moving from $57.25 to $59.50.

The main difference between the two plans comes from how much the price of the base /single ride fare will be increased.

Here is a breakdown of both plans that are under consideration:

Fare Type


Plan A

Plan B

Base MetroCard Fare/ Local Bus Cash Fare





11% with $5.50 purchase

5% with $5.50 purchase

16% with $6.00 purchase

Effective Fare with Bonus




Single Ride Ticket (base MetroCard/Cash Fare plus 25 cents)




Express Bus Fare


MetroCard with Bonus







30-Day MetroCard




7-Day MetroCard




7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard




Access-a-Ride Fare




Note: $1 fee for purchasing a new MetroCard remains unchanged.

Given we can’t ask Gandalf to have his condors fly us around, it looks like we’ll just have to put up with the hike. Given the options, which do you prefer? Plan A or B?

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