Anyone who has lived and/or visited NYC will tell you that the public transit system is the lifeblood of the city. Without the MTA, New York City would not be New York City.
This week, it was announced that the cost of taking the trains and buses would be going up both next year and in 2021.
I get it, I really do. The MTA, like any organization, has expenses to pay. They have to maintain their payroll while getting their riders to their final destination in a reasonable amount of time. The subway system is more than a century old. The damage that Hurricane Sandy did to the system in 2012 is still not completely repaired.
The MTA is not the first company, nor is it the last company that will raise prices to insure that external and internal expenses are paid on time and in full.
But there is a catch here. The catch is that with the fare hike, the service improves. The MTA has been slowly raising the cost of riding the subways and buses for nearly a decade, but the service, for the most part, remains the same.
In the end, whatever the final total is on the price hike, we will pay it. We know it and the people who run the MTA know it. I just wish the quality of the service warranted the hike.
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.