The first of eight public hearings to discuss the proposed fare hikes and crossing tolls is coming up on January 14th at the Hilton right here in Manhattan.
Are any of you planning on attending?
I have a meeting during the hearing, so I don’t think I will be able to make it. Wish I could.
If you are planning on attending, and you use Twitter, let SUBWAYblogger know by posting comment. You can find SUBWAYblogger on Twitter already. We’ll post a link to your Twitter feed for live updates from the hearing.
Maybe you plan on live blogging it…we’ll link to that too.
The MTA Board has officially approved the “doomsday” budget fare increases.
Fares will be increased and service will be cut in some areas.
The Daily News reports that things got a bit heated at the hearing.
So here’s an idea that came to my mind. I’m sure I am not the first one to think of this, so I’m by no means trying to take credit. I’m just trying to initiate the discussion.
What if Metrocards were priced based on residency?
People living in the 5 boros would receive a significant discount on Metrocards while people from out of town would pay the higher rate.
Let’s assume that the price of all fares are going up. With that in mind, let’s make the out of towner rate a premium and residence get a break. Maybe the price of a monthly unlimited card goes up to just $90 for residence.
You could sell them like TransitCheks. Residents would simply receive their cards via mail or from their employers. Or maybe it is just one card that automatically gets renewed month to month. That way you would be able to verify who is a resident.
You could attach it to drivers liscences or ID cards even!
Just an idea.