Posted on November 29, 2018
Subway Riders Sound Off on Proposed Fare Increases
Cuomo’s MTA wants New Yorkers to pay more for unreliable bus and subway service. New Yorkers have been hit with THREE fare increases since 2012. It’s time for Albany to give New Yorkers a fair funding plan to fix our public transit. #Unfairhike pic.twitter.com/FDpc5flQdx
— Riders Alliance (@RidersNY) November 14, 2018
The MTA instituted biennial fare increases beginning in 2009. Its latest proposed increase comes at a contentious time, as New York City’s subway and bus systems and the MTA’s two commuter-rail services have all become increasingly unreliable. The authority’s goal is to raise revenues by 4% net to keep up with inflation. The MTA’s chief financial officer recently warned board members that even with such increases in 2019 and 2021, the MTA faces a potential $1 billion budget deficit by 2022.[M]embers of the advocacy group Riders Alliance said commuters shouldn’t pay more in return for worse service. Alan Ginsburg, a Riders Alliance member, said New York state should increase funding for the system. “For once, stop putting the burden on the average rider,” he said.
In recent weeks, Mr. Cuomo has also said he opposes raising fares and tolls until the MTA can improve service and cut inefficiency and waste.
Tuesday’s hearing was the first of a dozen sessions being held across the New York metro region to give riders a chance to comment on the proposals.