MTA Hikes Fares and Cuts Services

Above: An ad placed in the subway by

As an NYC commuter, I’m definitely sad/angered to hear the recent news that the MTA is raising the transit prices yet again. Effective May 31, 2009, a train ride will raise from $2 to $2.50 and the monthly Metrocard price will travel from $81 to to $103. Yikes!

As a monthly Metrocard buyer, I was shocked to hear such a drastic price change. Last year, the price rose from $76 to $81 and that sent shocks through the City. This change is even bigger, and I feel a lack of empowerment creeping among commuters. During the last price increase, there were rallies and protests. But this time, the atmosphere seems to be one of helplessness.

Even worse, MTA plans to cut services, including 35 bus lines and two subway lines, the W and Z. This will result in 1,100 employee layoffs, 2% of their workforce.

If you’re upset about the new MTA hikes, visit to send a letter to Governor Paterson and state legislative leaders.

For more information, check out the NYTimes Cityroom blog post entitled M.T.A. Increases Fares and Cuts Services and the video below.

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