Extra credit points to the Post for their cheeky headline: “MTA Won’t Treat All Riders Fare-ly”
I guess I can give the Post partial credit for putting together their fare increase “calculator.” I use the term loosely. It’s just a table, but whatever. Let’s see if I can do it better.
First, read the back-story here.
Single Ride – New Cost: $2.25
Unlimited Card – New Cost: $79.00
Single Ride – Peak Fare: $2.25
Single Ride – Off-Peak Fare: $1.50
Unlimited Card – Peak Fare: $82.00
**Single Ride Off-Peak Fare discount only applies with $6 minimum purchase.
Clearly an off peak discount would be cool for single riders, however, it ends up being us Unlimited Ride users that pay for it! So boo to option 2. Also, that’s way too much to keep track of. You’ll end up having change on your MetroCard. So you could end up with only $0.50 on your card, which then you would have to recharge.
That will make it hard to keep track of (mentally) how much you have left on your card. Right now, if you have $10 on your card, you know you’ve got 5 rides…period. With a peak/off peak system, you could end up getting 6 and 2/3rds rides. That last $1.00 on your card isn’t going to get you anywhere. So you would have to add an additional 50 cents or dollar to your card to get a full fare.
If we need to do something, let’s hope we end up with Option 1. It’s a fare hike. We don’t need to get cute with it.