Subway Fare Hike On The Agenda For City Council Hearing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A subway fare hike is months away but the matter is set to take center stage at City Hall on Tuesday.

Subway tickets are set to spike 7.5 percent next January in the latest round of fare hikes hitting straphangers where it hurts most.

The proposed fare increases will add $448 million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s coffers, money the agency says is needed to bridge a large budget gap and offset the soaring cost of operating city buses.

One of the city’s largest transit advocacy groups is lashing out, calling the fare hikes unfair and demanding the City Council put the brakes on the plan.

1010 WINS Reporter Stan Brooks…

A spokesperson for Transportation Alternatives says, “Over the past six years, New Yorkers’ public transit fare has risen four times while neither New York City nor New York State has chipped in a single dollar more.”

While straphangers may be suffering, next year taxi riders are set for an easier ride.

At today’s hearing, the City Council will also address the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s plan to add 2,000 medallions and a pilot program which will outfit cabs with iPads instead of televisions.

  • lee

    It’s the FBI and the DEAs fault.

  • Melissa

    Still considerably cheaper then a gallon of gas.

  • Bill D. Feds

    Let’s see, conservative stats indicate four million people ride the subways round trip daily on average, including weekends. Assuming they all pay their fares at $2.25 a trip, that’s $9 million dollars a day, and weekly that’s $63 million. Hmmm …..
    63 million dollars a week. Imagine what would happen if no one rode the subways and buses for a full seven days?

  • VY

    One of the largest costs is the cost of th eretirement system for MTA employees. That is because in in present system, a retiring employee uses his/her seniority to work a monsterous amount of overtime in the last year of employment, jerking up their life time yearly pension payout, instead of using a career average of the over time they worked over their entire career, and capping the yearly pension payout based on the last years salery times the average career overtime. That change would save billions over time.

  • Peter

    If the MTA stopped issuing bonds for everything little thing and started to pay off their bonds, the fare and tolls would be about half what they are. However, the MTA is a mis-managed agency where mostly misfits who couldn’t work anywhere else are running the show. For example, on the non-IRT lines, train cars for years had a split 3 seat – 2 seat layout, which provided for more seats. In recent years, the misfits running the MTA decided to buy new cars with bench seats only which are uncomfortable and sit few passengers which result in most passengers being forced to stand. The high salaries for those who allegedly run the MTA are obnoxious; the accidential governor, David Patterson, fired one director who was making $365,000/yr and replaced him with a British import for $450,000/yr who, after running things into the ground, fled to Hong Kong. What is needed is a 20% reduction in executive staff of the MTA along with another 20% reduction in salaries of those misfits who are still employed at MTA headquarters. a re-organization of scheduling for bus drivers and train operators is needed so there is no idle time in mid-day. Instead of reducing service, more buses, trains as well as better routes are needed to encourage use of mass transit. Without decent mass transit, NYC can not survive and this was proven during the shut down during the hurricane last summer as well as the snow storm last year.

    A better option would be to break up the MTA and return ownership of the subways as well as the TBTA to New York City so that money from city residents is not siponed off to subsidize the rich suburban commuters on Metro North and the LIRR.

    • Jim

      How about increasing revenue not thru fare and toll increases but by advertising and leasing out space in subway stations, on subway platforms and railroad stations? Advertising can be place in and outside of trains/buses and even in the restrooms. On the flip side, the MTA should stop spending money on advertising since they have a monopoly on mass transit.
      I agree that salaries for the top executives, say the top 20 of MTA executives, be reduced. They shouldn’t be rewarded for mis-management or even non-management. And the MTA board needs to be more accountable and experience in mass transit, not just a bunch of political hacks on an ego trip.

      • Michael H.

        What restrooms? The only restrooms I ever see open anymore are the ones with the security guard in the Times Square complex.

  • Cheap Subway

    Unfortunately, compared to other subway systems around the world, NY City has one of the cheapest fares. For London’s subway system, fares start at £2.00 which is over $3.00. In Japan, fares start as low as 190 yen which is about $2.35 BUT as soon as you take longer distance trips, the price stats going higher! At least in New York, you can go anywhere in the system! If you try doing that in London or Japan you can be spending almost 4-5 dollars on a one way trip.

    • Dik Itchi

      You probably have no idea how much better the Japan subway systems are.

      • Michael H.

        The Tokyo Metro and the Toei do not run 24/7 like the NYC subway system. “Better” is relative when you’re trying to get home at 3AM.

    • M.A.D

      The comparizon does not make sense since the fare increase will affect those who use MTA.

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