MetroCard base fares will increase by 25 cents and the seven percent bonuses enjoyed by non-unlimited card riders will be eliminated, MTA insiders told the New York Daily News.
The MTA will unveil the fair-hike proposal next month. The only riders who will feel the least burn are 30-day unlimited cardholders, whose MetroCard monthly price will only increase by $5, up to $109.
According to the paper, next month the MTA will also release several additional proposals – all of which would raise prices on the Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road as well as tolls on the MTA’s nine bridges and tunnels.
The MTA board will hold public hearings in November and vote on a final budget in December. Any fare hike would take effect in March.
December 2010 was the last time fares were raised with unlimited MetroCards skyrocketing from $89 to $104. Stranghangers weren’t happy, but begrudgingly ate the cost anyway.