MTA seeks to increase fares by 4 percent

MTA seeks to increase fares by 4 percent

Posted: Updated:
Commuters exit the 14th Street-Union Square subway station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. It now costs $2.75 to ride the New York subway as of March 22, a 25-cent increase that will help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bu Commuters exit the 14th Street-Union Square subway station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. It now costs $2.75 to ride the New York subway as of March 22, a 25-cent increase that will help fund the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's bu

NEW YORK (AP) - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is pushing forward with plans to increase fares next year.
  
MTA Chairman Joe Lhota proposed two 4 percent fare hikes during a board meeting Wednesday, with one taking place in 2019, and the other in 2021.
  
MTA officials say the hikes are necessary to stave off budget deficits and decreased ridership.
  
The New York Daily News reports subway and bus ridership dropped by 7.7 million weekday passengers in May compared to the same time last year. The agency is expected to see a $376 million decrease in fare revenue between 2019 and 2022.
  
Lhota says the transit system is experiencing a nationwide trend of fewer riders. He says it's due to a combination of service, for-hire vehicles and fare evasion.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • TransportationMore>>

  • Advocates demand ADA-compliance at more Bronx subway stations

    Advocates demand ADA-compliance at more Bronx subway stations

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:36:31 GMT
    A group of city officials is gathering signatures and calling for subway accessibility improvements on the Mosholu Parkway.A group of city officials is gathering signatures and calling for subway accessibility improvements on the Mosholu Parkway.

    A group of city officials is gathering signatures and calling for subway accessibility improvements on the Mosholu Parkway.

    A group of city officials is gathering signatures and calling for subway accessibility improvements on the Mosholu Parkway.

  • Dockless Citi Bike arrives in the Bronx

    Dockless Citi Bike arrives in the Bronx

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:29 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:29:59 GMT
    With a smartphone and $2, residents of some Bronx communities can now take a ride on Citi Bike's dockless bicycles.With a smartphone and $2, residents of some Bronx communities can now take a ride on Citi Bike's dockless bicycles.

    With a smartphone and $2, residents of some Bronx communities can now take a ride on Citi Bike's dockless bicycles.

    With a smartphone and $2, residents of some Bronx communities can now take a ride on Citi Bike's dockless bicycles.

  • Dozens of commuters ride Soundview ferry's 1st evening rush

    Dozens of commuters ride Soundview ferry's 1st evening rush

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:19:46 GMT
    NYC Ferry workers say the Soundview ferry's first official day of operations attracted as many as 100 commuters on some trips and never less than 40.NYC Ferry workers say the Soundview ferry's first official day of operations attracted as many as 100 commuters on some trips and never less than 40.

    NYC Ferry workers say the Soundview ferry's first official day of operations attracted as many as 100 commuters on some trips and never less than 40. 

    NYC Ferry workers say the Soundview ferry's first official day of operations attracted as many as 100 commuters on some trips and never less than 40. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."