MTA Announces Proposals for Fare Increases

The increases come during an era of successful and unprecedented MTA management actions to cut controllable expenses. In fact, the MTA will spend less in 2012 on its controllable costs than it did in 2011. Year-over-year controllable costs are lower by 0.3%.

"Costs that the MTA does not exercise control over, namely those for debt service, pensions, energy, paratransit, and employee and retiree health care, continue to increase beyond the rate of inflation," said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota. "We are grappling with long-term measures to reduce these frustrating and difficult non-discretionary expenses, but today, they are the drivers of the need for a fare and toll increase."

The fare and toll proposals will be the subject of a geographically diverse, multi-platform public review process that starts today and lasts through mid-December. The proposals will be subject to modification after the public review process and will be considered for adoption by the MTA Board at its December 19 meeting. The new fare and toll rates would go into effect on or about March 1, 2013.

"The public will have significant input into our decision-making process. In the spirit of transparency, the public will assist in shaping our fare policy," said Chairman Lhota. "These proposals have been designed to balance our need for revenue with public involvement. We need to hear from the public. Feedback evaluating the specific alternatives we've put forward is particularly useful, but we value all our customers' input, and we'll consider changes to our proposals based on what we hear and read."

Following are details of the proposed fare increases.

Fare Increase Proposals

Fares to ride the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad are based on the distance traveled, with discounts for traveling during less busy off-peak times. Discounted monthly or weekly unlimited-ride tickets are available, as are one-way and round-trip tickets, discounted if bought as 10-trip tickets. All tickets are less expensive if purchased at a train station, more expensive if purchased on board a train.

Under the fare increase proposal released today, most tickets would rise by 8.19% to 9.31%. Charts outlining the proposed prices for specific stations and types of tickets are available here.

There are no proposals to change existing ticket validity periods or refund policies.

Public Review Process

The MTA's public review process will enable MTA Board members to receive testimony delivered at eight public hearings, written statements accepted via email and regular mail. And for the first time ever, MTA Board members will also receive transcripts created by testimony submitted via videotapes recorded by the public at MTA facilities.

The eight public hearings will be held between November 7 and 15 throughout the MTA's service territory. There will be one in each of the five boroughs, and one each on Long Island and in the northern suburbs east and west of the Hudson River. The hearings will be held at fully ADA-accessible locations starting at 5 p.m., and will last until 9 p.m., or as long as there are registered speakers who have not yet spoken, whichever is later. Registration to speak will be open between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at each hearing, or members of the public can register in advance by calling (718) 521-3333 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. To enable all members of the public to testify, the MTA asks that all remarks be kept to three minutes or less.

The dates and locations of the hearings are as follows.

Wednesday, November 7

  • Brooklyn -; Brooklyn Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
  • Long Island -; Farmingdale State College, Roosevelt Hall, Little Theater, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY

Tuesday, November 13

  • The Bronx -; Hostos Community College, Center for the Arts and Culture, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
  • Manhattan -; Baruch College Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street, New York, NY

Wednesday, November 14

  • Orange County -; Hilton Garden Inn Newburgh/Stewart Airport, Vanderbilt/Astor Rooms, 15 Crossroads Court, Newburgh, NY
  • Staten Island -; College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY

Thursday, November 15

  • Queens -; Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY
  • Westchester County -; Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Library Auditorium, One Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY

Tuesday, November 27

  • Long Island – The original November 7 Long Island hearing was rescheduled, due to Hurricane Sandy, to November 27 at 5 p.m., at the Melville Marriott Long Island, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY.

Members of the public who wish to record a videotaped comment can visit the following MTA facilities at the listed times. All comments will be transcribed and made part of the permanent record of these hearings. Please note there is a 3-minute time limit for each individual's videotaped session, and there will be no question-and-answer period.

  • Thursday, November 8 -; 9 a.m. to noon

    MTA New York City Transit Headquarters, 3 Stone Street, New York, NY
  • Tuesday, November 13 -; 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    LIRR Hicksville Station
  • Tuesday, November 13 -; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Metro-North Poughkeepsie Station, Pedestrian Overpass
  • Wednesday, November 14 -; 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    LIRR Ronkonkoma Station

Members of the public are also encouraged to submit written comments via to the MTA's website, or register to speak at a public hearing by calling (718) 521-3333 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. MTA Board Members will review transcripts of all public hearings and submitted videos, as well as copies of all written comments submitted via the web.

Those who wish to submit a comment via letter are asked to send it to:

MTA Government Affairs

347 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10017