Commuters hit with fare hikes on first business day of new prices

A woman requests assistance from a station agent.

A woman requests assistance from a station agent. (Getty Images) (Credit: A woman requests assistance from a station agent. (Getty Images))

Straphangers will now have to pony up a little extra to get around the city, as Monday is the first commuting day of the MTA's new fares.

Under the new fare system that went into effect Sunday, the monthly unlimited MetroCard will rise to $112, an $8 increase. Weekly cards will cost a dollar more at $30, and the single-ride fare will increase by a quarter to $2.75.

The spike is the fourth in five years, with the price of a 30-day card jumping more than 38% since 2008.

The new prices are expected to bring in about $450 million annually for the money-troubled agency, but for some commuters, the hikes are coming too frequently.

"It dips into my livelihood," said Shelby Chestnut, 31, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

"Things like this affect how much I have to support my family," said Chestnut, who gives money to her 67-year-old mother. "The people who take the subway are the people who can least afford it."

Some commuters said that service increases haven't kept up with price hikes.

"I think its a little too much. I already pay the weekly fare, which is high, and that's a big increase," said Victor Medina, 42, of Ridgewood.

"It's outrageous," he said. "The service has gotten a little better, but they shouldn't increase the fare."


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