2003-03-15 / Community

Rockaway Subway Riders Speak Out On Fare Increase

By Brian Magoolaghan

Rockaway Subway Riders Speak Out On Fare Increase
By Brian Magoolaghan


The A Train Pulls In to the Broad Channel Station on Noel Road.The A Train Pulls In to the Broad Channel Station on Noel Road.

The MTA fare increase will affect many commuters from the Rockaway and Broad Channel areas. This week The Wave gave local straphangers the chance to share their thoughts.


Ercelle Speck, of Shore Front Parkway, is recently retired and looking for part-time work in Manhattan. She said she currently pays 75 cents, because as a senior she qualifies for a reduced fare, and is curious if her fare will also go up. Although the MTA does not directly address that question on its website, www.mta.info.org the reduced fare policy is described as "half fare." Speck said the increase won't discourage her from seeking work that she has to use mass transit to get to but said, "I think it's a hardship for everyone."Ercelle Speck, of Shore Front Parkway, is recently retired and looking for part-time work in Manhattan. She said she currently pays 75 cents, because as a senior she qualifies for a reduced fare, and is curious if her fare will also go up. Although the MTA does not directly address that question on its website, www.mta.info.org the reduced fare policy is described as "half fare." Speck said the increase won't discourage her from seeking work that she has to use mass transit to get to but said, "I think it's a hardship for everyone."
Rose Johnson, of Beach 91 Street, who said her commute to 66 Street and Columbus in Manhattan takes an average of one-and-a-half hours, called the MTA vote an example of "bad timing." She also said, "I think it's outrageous, but we knew it was coming."Rose Johnson, of Beach 91 Street, who said her commute to 66 Street and Columbus in Manhattan takes an average of one-and-a-half hours, called the MTA vote an example of "bad timing." She also said, "I think it's outrageous, but we knew it was coming."

John Willsen, a Broad Channel resident said the MTA's position is reasonable. "I think it's fair," he said. A straphanger for 25 years, Willsen called mass transit "the way to go." He said, considering how far people can travel for $1.50, an increase is overdue.John Willsen, a Broad Channel resident said the MTA's position is reasonable. "I think it's fair," he said. A straphanger for 25 years, Willsen called mass transit "the way to go." He said, considering how far people can travel for $1.50, an increase is overdue.
Tristan Gourdet, of Beach 97 Street, traveling to the Bronx said, "It's ridiculous." He said he thinks the increase is unnecessary, and that he suspects the MTA is not being truthful with the public about its budget deficit.Tristan Gourdet, of Beach 97 Street, traveling to the Bronx said, "It's ridiculous." He said he thinks the increase is unnecessary, and that he suspects the MTA is not being truthful with the public about its budget deficit.

Gina Pazzini, who commutes to work from Broad Channel, said "I guess I could understand it, but I would like to see more trains out there-so I'm not late."Gina Pazzini, who commutes to work from Broad Channel, said "I guess I could understand it, but I would like to see more trains out there-so I'm not late."
Wartina Murray, of Beach 86 Street in Rockaway, who said she rides the subway every day also said, "It costs too much-and the service is not that great." She also called the shuttle service between Rockaway and Broad Chan-nel "a bunch of junk."Wartina Murray, of Beach 86 Street in Rockaway, who said she rides the subway every day also said, "It costs too much-and the service is not that great." She also called the shuttle service between Rockaway and Broad Chan-nel "a bunch of junk."

Ed Schaefer, of Beach 106 Street, commutes to work in Manhattan on the A Train. "I think it stinks," he said. The increase is an unfair decision that working-class people must accept, Schaefer said. He also asked why elected officials haven't voiced opposition adding, "life is easy when you have a limo."Ed Schaefer, of Beach 106 Street, commutes to work in Manhattan on the A Train. "I think it stinks," he said. The increase is an unfair decision that working-class people must accept, Schaefer said. He also asked why elected officials haven't voiced opposition adding, "life is easy when you have a limo."
The MTA's Recent Decision to Increase Fares Is Not Sitting Well With Many Mass Transit Riders.The MTA's Recent Decision to Increase Fares Is Not Sitting Well With Many Mass Transit Riders.

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