NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking lawmakers to choose between congestion pricing or a 30-percent fare hike to fix the failing Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The fare hike would be on top of an increase that’s already under consideration. 

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The MTA is antiquated, plagued with overcrowding, endless delays, broken signals and, according to the governor, in need of an overhaul.

“The MTA’s performance is simply indefensible,” he said Thursday.

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Cuomo’s putting on the pressure, offering two options to get the MTA the money it needs.

“The real choice is between congestion pricing or a 30-percent MTA toll and fare increase,” he said.

The proposed 30-percent hike in fares and tolls would be on top of the one that’s already in the works, which would raise the $2.75 fare to $3. That price would go to $4 without congestion pricing for passenger cars in parts of Manhattan.

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Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris spoke about the governor’s pitch on CBSN New York, saying the 30-percent increase option is a bit extreme.

“I think the governor is being a little creative to identify the scope of the problem for people and encourage them to focus on congestion pricing as a solution, and hopefully it will never come anything close to that,” he said.

Even talk of a potential 30-percent hike concerns riders.

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“Four dollars? I think $3 is way too much that they’re talking about,” Lisa Lamarati, of Long Island City, said.

“That would be terrible. I don’t like how much I pay already,” said Andrew Thomas, of Far Rockaway.

The governor’s clear preference is getting congestion pricing passed by lawmakers, which would mean a surcharge for passenger cars entering Manhattan’s business district below 60th Street.

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Lawmakers would have to approve congestion pricing. If passed, Cuomo says cameras would be installed throughout Manhattan as part of the EZ-Pass system.