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MTA Fares and Tolls To Increase This Weekend

LIRR, Metro-North fares to rise on Friday, while the cost to ride subways and buses will go up on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s increased fees and tolls will take effect this weekend.

Fares for the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will go up on March 1 for monthly, one-way round trip and 10-trip ticket holders, while fees for commuters using weekly tickets will increase on March 2.

Higher fares for subways, buses and Access-a-Ride will go into effect on March 3.

The base fare for subways and buses will go up from $2.25 to $2.50, while the cost for express bus rides will increase from $5.50 to $6.

The 30-day unlimited MetroCard will increase in cost from $104 to $112, while the seven-day unlimited MetroCard will go up from $29 to $30. Additionally, seven-day Express Bus Plus MetroCards will rise in cost from $50 to $55.

Commuter rail fares will increase from 8.2 percent to 9.3 percent, depending on the distance traveled.

Tolls on most of the city’s bridges and tunnels will go up from $4.80 to $5.33 for E-Z Pass customers and from $6.50 to $7.50 for those paying in cash.

The MTA’s board voted on Dec. 19 in favor of increasing fares, citing ongoing budget issues, rising pension costs and unexpected overruns resulting from Hurricane Sandy.

For more information on the fare increases, visit the MTA's website.

Larry Byrne February 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Highway robbery. Literally.
Debra February 28, 2013 at 07:17 PM
obscene....how will people manage this fair increase with everything else going up except salaries!!! Stop the "free" rides for MTA workers and their families...maybe then there will be enough in the till to take care of the repairs and such needed. Perks for the employees of the city/state should be eradicated....we are in tough times and need the cash....it's always the common man who pays the most. How much more can we bear???

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