THE BRONX - There may be a silver lining for straphangers despite looming MTA fare hikes.

According to a New York Daily News report, customers who use the pay-per-ride MetroCard will notice a discount once spending $5 on the card. That number is down from the current $10 minimum.

In addition, the one-way fares would rise to $2.50, seven-day MetroCards would increase to $30 and 30-day MetroCards would jump to $112.

However, the MTA calls the report "premature" and insists the agency's chairman is discussing alternatives.

The MTA is expected to vote on the proposed hikes Dec. 19