MTA to hold public meetings regarding fare increase

- The MTA is holding public meetings across New York City to discuss the MTA’s proposed fare hike.

Within two years, plans were made to increase the fares and tolls by 4 percent.

The MTA board will vote next Wednesday on whether they approve of the fare increase or not, which would start in March.

Hearings are held for anyone who wants to voice their opposition.

There will be a meeting Monday in Queens at York College's Main Stage Theater. 

The agency did, however, offer two options for the increase, which is based on how much of a bonus bus and subway commuters get when buying a multi-ride MetroCard.

The first option includes the plan to jump the price of rides from $2.75 to $3, with increases in bonuses from 11% when purchasing a $5.50 MetroCard to a 16% increase on a $6 MetroCard.

The second option has the base kept at $2.75, but the bonus would be decreased to 5% on a $5.50 purchase.

Unlimited MetroCards would increase, as well- 7-day unlimited cards would go up from $31 to $32 while 30-day MetroCards increase from $116.50 to about $121. 

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