MTA Fare Hike Proposal for 2017 Details Unveiled

AMNY.jpgBy Vincent Barone

Brace for the next round of MTA fare hikes. The agency on Wednesday unveiled its two proposals for next year’s fare and toll increases — both options include a $4.50 jump for monthly MetroCards.

The two options on the table weigh jacking up a MetroCard swipe to $3 or keeping the current $2.75 rate while tinkering with the purchase bonus, the rate that riders receive for pumping money onto their cards.

...City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) argued that riders shouldn’t pay more for an “inferior product.” He rallied this week for the MTA to increase service quality on the 1, A, B, C and D lines in his uptown district.

“Riders are about to be asked to pay more at a time when service through the system is not up to an acceptable level,” he said. “Overcrowding is getting worse and worse. Ridership, especially uptown, is booming, and we need to first provide adequate service before asking for more money.”

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