Inner-City Public Transport Should Be Free
December 10, 2007
Monthly Fare for Transit to Rise 6.6% in Proposal
Subway and bus riders who use monthly unlimited-ride MetroCards would be hit the hardest under a revised proposal to increase transit fares, which is to be announced today by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The cost of the monthly pass would rise to $81 from $76, a 6.6 percent increase, according to a memo sent to the authority’s board members yesterday.
Bonus pay-per-ride MetroCards would also face increases under the new proposal. Also, an earlier proposal to offer discounts during off-peak hours is no longer being recommended, according to the memo.
Nationwide, big-city public transport gets more and more costly, as service cuts are made and infrastructure deteriorates. It is a city-service without a political patron, transport of necessity for the poor, major contributor to gridlock and pollution.