MTA Hikes Tolls and Fares
The MTA announced specific fare and toll increase proposals last October. The proposals were reviewed at a series of eight public hearings and four public video submission sessions held throughout the region in November. The MTA Board adopted the increases on December 19th, 2012.
The new fare rates for subways, buses, Staten Island Railway (SIR) and Access-A-Ride went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd.
Subway, local buses, SIR and Access- A-Ride fares rose to $2.50 from $2.25 while the base fare for express buses will rise by $0.50 to $6.00. The pay-perride bonus discount was reduced to 5% from 7%, but will now be available for adding as little as $5 onto a MetroCard, down from $10 previously. A Single Ride Ticket purchased from MetroCard Vending Machines is rising to $2.75 from $2.50.
The 30-day unlimited-ride Metro- Card will now cost $112, up from $104. The 7-day unlimited-ride MetroCard’s new cost is $30, up from $29.
The 7-day express bus plus Metro- Card will cost $55, up from $50. Unlimited ride MetroCard purchased on March 2nd or earlier must be activated by Sunday, March 10th, to obtain full value. Those activated after that date will allow travel through April 9th for 30-day cards and March 17th for 7-day cards. Any remaining time will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.
A $1 fee will be charged for each new MetroCard purchased at a MetroCard Vending Machine or station booth. At commuter rail stations, the $1 card fee will be applied to MetroCards providing bus and/or subway travel only; the $1 fee will not be applied to Joint Rail MetroCards providing subway, bus and commuter rail service.
Customers can avoid this fee by keeping their MetroCards and refilling them. MetroCards now can be refilled with any combination of unlimited-ride time and/or pay-per-ride dollars.
Customers turning in an expired or damaged card will be provided a new card at no charge. There are also exemptions for those who buy cards at out-of-system merchants or participate in the EasyPayXpress program or a pre-tax benefit program.
New fares went into effect on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro- North service on Friday, March 1st, for monthly, one-way, round-trip, and 10- trip ticket holders. For those using weekly tickets, which are always valid from Saturday through the following Friday, new fares took effect on Saturday, March 2nd.
On average, most commuter rail tickets will increase between 8.2% and 9.3%, depending on ticket type and distance traveled. The discounted CityTicket fare for one-way weekend travel within New York City will rise to $4.00 from $3.75, starting March 2nd.
More information about all fare increases can be found on MTA and Long Island Rail Road websites.
New toll rates on the seven bridges and two tunnels that are operated and maintained by the MTA went into effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 3rd. At most crossings, EZ Pass tolls rose to $5.33 from $4.80 and to $7.50 from $6.50 for cash customers.