The MTA released a proposal today to increase fares on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North by 6.5%, and 25 cents for the subway.
Part of the proposal calls for a peak and off peak system to be implemented for MetroCard users. Peak rides would cost $2.25. Off peak rides would only cost $1.50. These rates only apply to the pay-per-ride system.
Unfortunately, unlimited MetroCard rates would go up to $82.00, an increase of 8%.
Any proposed fare hike could take effect as early as next year.
At this point, I say bring it on. I mean really, I am just tired of the whole debate. The fare hike is just a reality that is going to happen. I mean sure, there are probably a dozen or more alternative ways to make up the missing revenue, but we simply don’t have the leadership to get any of them done.
There’s probably a way to not only avoid a hike, but to get a fare cut. Unfortunately, the entire system is too highly politicized. There are too many people involved in the process, so it makes any nontraditional method a complete nightmare implement.