More Money?

The MTA is raising fares. Again. The new prices take effect in March.

The base fare will go up from $2.50 to $2.75. Unlimited monthly metro cards will go up from $112.00 t0 $116.50.

Am I the only one whose blood boils at the thought of another MTA fare hike?

I understand that they have employees to pay and they have to maintain the train tunnels, bridges, roads as well as the fleet of trains and buses. I appreciate that unlike other cities, the buses and trains 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I also appreciate that we only have to pay one fare, the cost of the trip is not determined by the final destination.

My question is, if the number of riders are going up and they are making all of this money, why is it that the MTA is still in debt and must raise fares every couple of years?

The MTA knows that without them, this city would come to a screeching halt. Many do not drive because they do not have the financial ability to purchase and maintain a car or they simply find it easier to take the train or the bus. That’s the first issue. The second issue is that the extra cost already adds extra financial pressure to many who are unemployed, underemployed, or if they are lucky enough to have a job, they are living paycheck to paycheck.

Let’s use the unlimited fare as an example. Over a period of 12 months, the additional $4.50 comes out to an annual fee of $54.00. While that is not a huge amount of money stretched over a year, it does not help when one is financially insecure and has no choice but to pay the additional fee simply to get around.

I am not a happy camper.

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