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MTA Announces Fare Increase

MTA Announces Fare Increase
The MTA announces fare increase for most MTA commuters. The increase is scheduled to go into effect on March 22nd, 2015.

To cover the cost of your commutation purchases you may need to adjust your election/deductions. Easily make the changes by talking to your human resource team. Ensure you have enough funds on your Beniversal card to cover the cost of your commute expense, we recommend that you make any adjustments before February 7th.

Fare Increase Chart

Fare Type Current New
Base MetroCard Fare/
Local Bus Cash Fare
$2.50 $2.75
Bonus 5% with $5 purchase 11% with $5.50 purchase
Effective Fare with Bonus $2.38 $2.48
Single Ride Ticket (base MetroCard/Cash Fare plus 25 cents) $2.75 $3.00
Express Bus Fare
  Cash
Effective MetroCard Fare with Bonus
$6.00
$5.71
$6.50
$5.86
30-Day MetroCard $112 $116.50
7-Day MetroCard $30.00 $31.00
7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard $55.00 $57.25
Access-a-Ride Fare $2.50 $2.75

*Note: The $1 fee for purchasing a new MetroCard will remain unchanged.

Increase Highlights

The vast majority of Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers will see fares increase 4.25% or less. Fares will rise between 2.2% and 6.1% for tickets to and from Zone 1 on LIRR, to and from Manhattan on Metro-North East-of-Hudson service, and to and from Hoboken/Secaucus Junction on Metro-North West-of-Hudson service. Over 80% of those trips will see fare increases of 4.25% or less, and for monthly and weekly commuters, all fares will increase less than 4.25%
Some railroad fares will increase more than 4%, because fare changes must occur in 25-cent increments. However, any increase of more than 6% will result in a fare increase of no more than 50 cents per trip. The cost of a City Ticket will increase by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of onboard fares and refunds remain unchanged. The new fares will be posted on www.mta.info.
Tolls will rise 4% on MTA Bridges and Tunnels for over 75% of crossings that are made by cars and trucks using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass. Those car tolls will increase 21 cents to $5.54 at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.7% to 10%. This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which reduces wait times and environmental impact.
NYCSC E-ZPass customers will receive discounts off the cash price ranging from 31% to 66%, depending on the crossing, type of vehicle and applicable resident discount programs. These significant discounts are available to customers who use E-ZPasses issued by the NYCSC, which serves the MTA, the New York State Thruway Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Any driver can apply for an NYCSC E-ZPass regardless of where they live. MTA Bridges and Tunnels also offers substantial discounts to residents of Staten Island and the Rockaways.
Full details will be posted at www.mta.info.