When the MTA Board meets tomorrow morning, they will approve a drastic fare increase that will look something like this:
- Pay-per-ride subway and bus fares increase from $2 to $2.50. Whether the 15 percent discount will remain is up for debate.
- Express bus fares will increse from $5 to $6.25.
- 1-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards increase from $7.50 to $9.50.
- 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards increase from $25 to $31.
- 14-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards increase from $47 to $59.
- 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCards increase from $81 to $103.
The math, by the way, for figuring out the value of the unlimited card remains virtually the same. If the MTA retains the 15 percent discount, anyone who rides 48 or more times a month should buy a 30-day card. Otherwise, just pay per ride.
As New Yorkers adjust to these 24-27 percent hikes, transit advocates and news outlet alike are wondering how subway-dependent straphangers are going to adjust to the increase costs. City Room posed the question yesterday, and Streetsblog followed up with their own thread today. The Times also wants to know who among us constitute the 2.1 percent of riders that buy single-ride cards. I say tourists.
In response to these questions, most people claim they will change their habits. Some people say they were bike more; others say they will turn to cabs; still others say they will simply cut back on a drink or two. We’ll see if that comes to pass.
I plan to do nothing diffrent. The extra $22 a month is a pain especially in a bad economy and with worse service on the way. In the grand scheme of things though, unlimited access to all of New York City for $103 a month is still a great deal. It’s far cheaper than taking a cab. It’s far cheaper than owning a car and driving
But that’s just me.