This upcoming Sunday, March 19th, 2017, the new fares and tolls increases that were voted on by the MTA in January are set to go into effect. The MTA credited cost reductions and efficiencies as it touted the increases as being the lowest since the MTA adopted a regular schedule of fare increases every two years in 2009 in order to maintain a balanced budget while meeting rising costs.
Following are the changes to the fares and tolls that are taking effect:
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Bus, and the MTA Staten Island Railway
The base fare for subways and buses remains at $2.75 and the pay-per-ride bonus has been adjusted to 5% (so the effective fare with the bonus is $2.62). The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard increases by only a dollar to $32, and the 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard increases from $116.50 to $121. The Single Ride Ticket will remain at $3. The cash fare for Express Buses will remain at $6.50 (so the effective fare with the bonus is $6.19).
The MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad
Most LIRR and Metro-North customers’ weekly and monthly passes will see an increase of 3.75% or less (the change to monthly tickets will be capped at $15). Intermediate monthly and weekly ticket increases will also be capped at 3.75%. However, some one-way fares will see larger increases because fares must occur in 25-cent increments (though any change greater than 6 percent would be not more than 50 cents per ride). There will be a 2% increase in fares for West of Hudson customers, and City Ticket remains unchanged at $4.25.
Tolls for cars crossing MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities and using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass will rise less than 25 cents, affecting 73% of total crossings. Increases of 6.3% to 9.1% will apply to those who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass. It is the MTA’s policy to increase the gap between cash and E-ZPass in order to encourage E-ZPass use, as it is the cheapest way to collect and pay tolls.