By Marla Diamond

NEW YORK (AP/CBS 2/WCBS 880) — Riders on the city’s subways, buses and commuter rails are going to have to come up with some more money.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is increasing fares on Thursday.

WCBS 880 Reporter Marla Diamond says you’ll have to shell out more for a MetroCard

A fare increase of almost 17 percent is slated for the monthly unlimited Metrocards, adding $15 to the current price of $89. Other fare classes will also increase, although not as much. The $2.25 one-way subway and bus fare will stay the same except for single-ride tickets, which will rise to $2.50.

Those increases follow hikes in 2008 and 2009. And another is planned for 2013. Tolls are also going up at the MTA’s bridges and tunnels.

The fare increase comes in the same week as the transit system is working toward getting back to normal after a major storm cause huge disruptions.

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Comments (23)
  1. harriet in ny says:

    TROLL liberals can correctly use the all caps key, Trolls, not so much

  2. john says:

    Ummm. We must ALL have short memories… fares being 2 1/2 times what they were 8 years ago, is UNACCEPTABLE…has everyone’s pay gone up that amount? Sounds like some serious misalignment of cash flow. Are we also forgetting they cried poverty approx 5 years back, looking for an increase, and when investigated…they had 2 BOOKS! Away went that increase. This is a travesty. Ohh, and by the way…service is down. All facts…

  3. lyn says:


    1. harriet in ny says:

      don’t let the door hit you on the way out. good riddence
      (not that you really lived here, troll)

  4. can says:

    I think the government should seize control of the MTA, audit their accounts to see where all the bloody money is going to. It clearly isn’t going to fix the constant signal malfunctions, or going to cleaning up the subway systems overgrown with mold and filthy water leaking down the walls. Nope, it’s all going to fill the pockets of the greedy MTA employees who are lazy and overweight.

    1. harriet in ny says:

      oh, okay “the government should take control of the MTA”, really what planet are on? the MTA is a governmental agency. Furthermore, the “lazy and overweigth” employees aren’t the ones taking all the $, that would be excutives cooking the books and the reduction of tax revenue from tax cuts for the wealthy.
      Btw, which walls have mold? your just making sh!t up, right?

      1. Can says:

        yeah? and you need to stop trolling. Either you are blind or just need to clean off that BS from your eyes and take a look at the train station walls and in the tracks. Ever taken a look at the walls at West 4th? or even at 42nd ST Bryant Park? what do you seen on the walls and in the tracks? seems like you’re the one who is ignorant

  5. northoftheborder says:

    We better get more efficient bus and subway service if we’re paying such an astronomical amount. I can understand needing to pay for another subway line and faster/automated trains with a this fee hike. If we’re paying more money, we NYers should see automated, modern, clean subway cars on EVERY subway route not just some as well as automated, modern, clean buses on EVERY bus route not just some.

    1. harriet in ny says:

      ok, we NY’ers would probably not, as a whole, like to see automated buses or subways, that’s scary, especially buses. BTW, our buses are modern, we even have electric buses and these really wild extra long ones with articulations, really cool. Come by some time, we love tourists or rather we love the money tourists bring.

  6. FrankB says:

    Listen, the MTA receives its funding from the State, City, and its fares. When the state steals from the fund for the MTA specifically, (to the tune of over $100 million), the MTA has no choice but to raise fares and cut services to bring in more revenue.

    It’s Albany’s bloody fault!

    1. harriet in ny says:

      Agreed ! We’ve been robbed, and not for the first time. Upstate treats us like we take all the $, but NYC is the cash cow for the state.

  7. jme says:

    This is the ultimate nerve.

  8. the bandid says:

    not until we organized a revolt and call for a general strike against the mta and the city,they are going to keep lining they packets and cutting services. if we could do that they will fear the power of the people, otherwise shut up and paid up

  9. big daddy says:

    ride your bikes, they have not figured out how to f… the public on that yet

    1. outraged bus rider says:

      im sure they will pretty damn soom

    2. Michael H. says:

      You mean like the Hassidic Jews in Borough Park lobbying the city to remove the brand spanking new bike lane on Bedford Avenue? The bike riding public has been thoroughly “f…”ed and will continue to be.

    3. harriet in ny says:

      shh, don’t give them any ideas. Oh, good idea, but biking from south brooklyn to mid-town is a tough haul, especially in business clothes.

  10. Mr. Black says:

    I would like to see more stoppage of people coming through the back door and just walking past the Bus Operator without paying at all. The same goes for the walkers and wheelchairs that come aboard the bus through the front door and feel that they don’t have to pay because of their problems.

  11. Fred says:

    And MTA execs continue to line their pockets.

  12. Friendofaformerworker says:

    Given all the layoffs occurring in the MTA, this is one fare hike that nobody can blame on the workers.

    1. harriet in ny says:

      the t-baggers and wing nuts are not concerned with facts just message, they will find a way.

  13. ANGRY says:


    1. Revo says:

      ^Its true. We don’t show up in full force at these MTA hearings but yet they are held at bad times when most of us are at work or school. I watched on TV and saw passionate students begging the MTA not to raise taxes because then their parents couldnt afford to send them to a better school in another area. The MTA doesnt care about education or the economy they care about the bottom line. Our city council members. mayor, borough presidents are the leaders we elect and they allowed this to happen. We need to write letters, send emails and let our voices be heard.

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