Latest MTA fare hikes take effect

The latest Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hikes took effect this week, officially starting Sunday before beginning to impact commuters a day later.

Commuters in New York City are experiencing the first weekday of the MTA fare hike, Monday.

Commuters in New York City are experiencing the first weekday of the MTA fare hike, Monday. (3/20/17)

THE BRONX - The latest Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hikes took effect this week, officially starting Sunday before beginning to impact commuters a day later.

The MTA says the hikes are the lowest since 2009, but Bronx residents say a year's worth of unlimited MetroCards now cost more than the average monthly rent. Many argued that their salaries don't increase every two years, so why should the MTA get to keep charging more?

Base fares remained the same, but the refill bonus that used to be 11 percent is just 5 percent -- once you pay $5.50 or more. The seven-day MetroCard increased by $1, while the 30-day MetroCard went up to $121 from $116.50. 

Community advocates held a protest in Brooklyn Sunday to demand that the mayor's office pick up half of the cost of a MetroCard for low-income New Yorkers.

MTA president Thomas Prendergast says the structure of the hikes was designed to help low-income commuters: The unchanged base fare does not impact people who pay for one ride at a time.

One-way tickets remain the same at $2.75 for both subways and local buses. The express bus fare remains at $6.50.

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