New Yorkers Facing A Tougher Commute6:00 AM
This past Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - MTA made it's final vote to increase the cost of transportation fares and cut services because a rescue package was not approved.
So what does this all mean?
- The Subway and Bus fares will increase from $2.00 to $2.50, which will take into effect May, 31, 2009.
- A monthly Metro Card would increase from $81 to $103.
- Riders on the Metro-North Rail and the Long Island Rail Road would see increases of at least 20 to 30 percent, beginning June 1.
- The fare on Long Island Bus, which serves Nassau County, would rise from $2.00 to $3.50.
- The increases would mean that a person using a bonus pay-per-ride MetroCard solely to commute to and from work during the week would spend an additional $224 a year.
- Tolls on the authority’s bridges and tunnels would rise in mid-July.
- One-way E-ZPass tolls on the major crossings, such as the Triborough, will increase from $4.15 to $5.26.
- Cash tolls will increase from $5.00 to $6.50.
- A total of 35 bus routes will be eliminated.
- Subway lines along the W and Z will be eliminated.
- The elimination of routes and service cuts will increase crowding on many trains and buses.
- Off-peak service will be reduced on subways, buses and commuter rail lines.
- Many bus routes will be cancelled on weekends.
- And in addition to all of that....1,100 transit employees will be laid off.
See the NY Subway Map to review the routes effected. Watch the video below to learn more about this.