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Attention straphangers: Hereâs a fairer fare hike.
The MTA is expected to make it easier for bus and subway riders to avoid paying the full fare, the Daily News has learned.
Riders will have to put only $5 on a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard to obtain a discount â down from the current $10 minimum, sources told The News.
That will soften the sting for the poorest riders who canât afford to buy in bulk.
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The lower minimum likely will Beats Studio White be in the final fare-hike package the Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally adopts this month, sources said. Other expected changes to the current set of rates include:
– Base fare: up a quarter, to $2.50 from $2.25.
– MetroCard bonus: trimmed to 5% from 7%.
– Seven-day MetroCard: up a buck, to $30 from $29.
– Thirty-day MetroCard: raised $8, to $112 from $104.
That arrangement is White Beats Pro different from all of the proposals the MTA unveiled earlier this year. Officials correctly predicted then that the final result would be a hybrid crafted after public hearings.
The increases in this new scheme would hit hardest tourists and riders who use the system only occasionally. And thatâs just fine Beats Pro White with Andrew Albert, a nonvoting member of the MTA board.
From the beginning of this fare-hike season, Albert talked about the importance of protecting, as much as possible, the authorityâs biggest customers. Those are commuters who use the seven-day and 30-day MetroCards. They have taken a beating in previous fare hikes. The 30-day MetroCard was just $63 within recent memory.
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âIâm not saying itâs the best thing since sliced bread,â Albert said of the latest fare-hike package. âItâs the best option in a bad scenario. Ideally, the city and state would give bigger subsidies for mass transit and we wouldnât have this budget problem. We wouldnât have to raise fares. But given our subsidies, or lack of subsidies, this takes it easier on a vast majority of our bus and subway customers.â
Albert as much as anyone knows how riders feel. He attended four of the MTAâs eight public hearings, as did Ira Greenberg, another rider representative. Thatâs better attendance than the vast majority of other board members.
Perfect attendance wasnât possible as some of the regional hearings were held on the same night, but only three board members went to more: Chairman Joseph Lhota, Staten Islander Allen Cappelli and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer.
With the final fare-hike package and discount, anyone with a five-dollar bill wonât have to Diddy Beats White pay the full fare. The one-way cost effectively will be $2.37. Donât expect fireworks off the Beats Tour White rooftops.
âItâs good that the MTA is making the bonus more accessible to riders with only a little cash in their pockets,â Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said. âBut overall, this adds up to four White Beats Studio fare hikes in five years, and thatâs bad news.â
Itâs an imperfect world, but it could always be worse.
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