It's official: Fares rise to $2.25

(Credit: Urbanite)

By Heather Haddon

After a six-year run, the $2 fare has faded into MTA history.

Bus and subway prices ramped up just after midnight Sunday, with MetroCard machines, turnstiles and bus fare boxes recalibrated to register $2.25 fares.

“I felt it,” said Jose Garcia, 58, as he waited for the D train in Harlem Sunday. “It's 25 cents that we could have used to buy food.”

NYC Transit dispensed additional workers to inform commuters about the shift Monday, spokesman Paul Fleuranges said. Decals with the prices went up in all buses and token booths, he said.

Still, some riders were caught off guard by the hike, including a string of angry straphangers who complained loudly to a clerk at the Cathedral Parkway B and C train stop shortly after midnight Sunday. Long lines also formed at some token booths.To avoid waiting, Fleuranges said commuters should enroll in EasyPayXpress, a service that automatically fills a rider's MetroCard and deducts the cost from their credit card.

Fares will likely increase by an average of 7.5 percent in 2011 and 2013.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn riders got a bonus Monday, with No. 5 trains starting to run into Brooklyn beyond the rush hour, when they had terminated at Bowling Green. The MTA voted in April to extend No. 5 service to the Flatbush Avenue stop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Anastasia Economides and Marlene Naanes contributed to this story.

Tags: mta , fare hike , subways , transit

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