Metro-North fare hike takes effect Friday: 5 things you need to know
Fares on Metro-North go up starting Friday, impacting the majority of its 270,000 or so daily riders.
Here are five things you need to know about the hikes.
• The increase varies depending on the route and the distance traveled. Most of the fare hikes fall between 8.2 and 9.3 percent for monthly, one-way, round-trip and 10-trip ticket holders. Some increases may be higher -- as much as 16.7 percent.
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• New fares for weekly tickets take effect Saturday, following the Saturday-through-Friday schedule.
• Metro-North riders are not alone in having to shoulder a fare hike. The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved increases for each of its bus, rail and subway systems in the hopes of increasing the agency's revenue by 7.5 percent this year to help close a $450 million budget gap. As a result, base fares for New York City subways and buses will increase from $2.25 to $2.50 starting Sunday. In addition, the MTA is instituting a $1 surcharge for the purchase of a new MetroCard.
• Though not run by the MTA, Westchester County's Bee-Line also will impose a 25-cent increase on its single fare, forcing commuters to pay $2.50 a ride. The bus line is implementing the increase in keeping with the MTA subway and bus hike because it switched to using the MetroCard in 2007 to allow for free transfers.
• The MTA fare increase is the fourth hike approved by the agency board in the past five years and does not appear to be the last. Another fare hike, designed to raise an additional 7.5 percent in revenue, is scheduled for 2015.
Go to the MTA fare and ticket information page for the new fare increases.