MTA: Subway fare hike still in flux

The Metro-North train station in Yonkers. (Nov. 5, The Metro-North train station in Yonkers. (Nov. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

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Fare or foul, Hudson Valley riders will be paying more to take the subway in 2013, but the MTA said that the exact structure of the package is still being hammered out.

Published reports Monday said the base MetroCard fare for subway legs of commuters' trips to and from the Hudson Valley would go up a quarter to $2.50 and the price of a 30-day unlimited pass would climb $8 to $112. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to adopt hikes from a menu of four options to boost revenues, according to reports from the Daily News and New York Post.

In response, the MTA said the plans for a fare increase are still in flux.

"The reports in the news today are premature," the MTA said in a statement. "The MTA board is still discussing the structure of the fare/toll increases that will be voted on by the board at its regular meeting on Dec. 19. The chairman is discussing alternatives with the board and will be making his recommendation in writing to the board in a communication expected to be sent later this week [or over the weekend]."

The MetroCard discount would be trimmed to 5 percent from 7 percent, but the minimum to qualify for a discount would be cut from the current $10 to a $5 pay-per-ride MetroCard, according to the published reports.

Unlike the fare hikes for subways, the MTA board is considering only one option for raising fares on Metro-North. Those increases would range from 8.19 percent to 9.31 percent. Included in the fare boost will be monthly and weekly unlimited ride tickets as well as one-way and round-trip tickets.

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MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the fares likely would take effect in March.

For commuters from New Rochelle, the new one-way peak fare to Grand Central Terminal would rise to $10 from $9.25. Weekly commuters would pay $71 rather than the current $66.25 and monthly commuters would pay $222an $18 increase.

White Plains commuters would take a 75-cent hit to $11.25 on a one-way peak fare to Grand Central. Weekly riders would see a $6.50 increase to $79.75 and monthly commuters would have to shell out $249, $20 more.

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