Brace yourselves: MTA fares and tolls will increase again on Sunday.
Subway riders will see an immediate impact on their time-based MetroCards. Monthly rates will increase from $116.50 to $121 and weeklies will rise by a buck to $32.
The base MetroCard swipe well be preserved at $2.75, but with significantly reduced purchasing bonuses. Riders will now only receive a 5% bonus with a $5.50 purchase. Currently, they receive an additional 11% when they add that amount to their cards. That means that straphangers will have to put more money on their cards before they earn what is essentially a free ride.
The increases extend to MTA’s bridges and tunnels as well as its rail networks, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. Rail weekly and monthly passes will increase by up to 3.75%, with the hike of monthly tickets capped at $15. (The CityTicket will remain at $4.25.)
Toll increases on MTA crossings vary by payment method. E-ZPass rates will increase by less than 25 cents. Cash tolls will rise between 6.3% and 9.1%, depending on the crossing. (Yes, the Verrazano Bridge cash toll will rise—by a buck—to $17.
Sunday will mark the sixth time since 2009 that MTA has raised its fares. Debates over the mechanics of this year’s hikes were dominated by a proposal from advocates to provide subsidized, half-fare MetroCards to New York City residents living at or below the Federal Poverty Line. Both the MTA and Mayor Bill de Blasio have declined to pony up the funds for the idea.
Elected officials and advocacy groups will be rallying at the Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center station complex Sunday, calling on the mayor to include necessary funding for the proposal in his 2018 executive budget.
Subway riders will be asked to write how they’d benefit from the idea on sticky notes for a “Subway Fare-apy” project.