Get ready for another increase in your subway fare.
The MTA has announced that they will hold public hearings to discuss the proposed fare hike options that are slated to go into affect in March, 2019.
The first hearing will take place today—Tuesday, November 27—in Manhattan, with more scheduled for the coming weeks in each borough. These eight hearings will allow NYC commuters to voice their thoughts on the MTA’s proposed plans to deal with the city’s ongoing transportation issues.
Earlier this moth Governor Cuomo announced he was against fare hikes, and in an interview with WNYC said that the MTA needs to look internally at the waste and inefficiency within the agency. Meanwhile, the MTA is attributing the impending fare hikes, and their overall decrease in revenue, to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. So what exactly are they proposing?
You can look into the details of each proposal here—for Metro-North, LIRR, and tolls—but the subway and bus fares will have two options for the public to choose between:
Currently, the base fare is $2.75 with a Bonus of 5% with the purchase of $5.50. Under the new fares the increase with either come from having no bonus and maintaining $2.75 ride fare, or raising the cost to $3 with a 10% bonus on $6 purchases.