Fare Hikes For Metro-North Riders Proposed

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The MTA Metro-North said that they need to increase the fares and tolls to keep up with the rising costs that they cannot control. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice

WESTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is looking to increase fares and tolls to raise its revenue, the company announced in a press release. The proposals on the table include fare hikes for the Metro-North train system that would affect Westchester commuters.  

MTA chairperson and CEO Joseph Lhota said the fare and toll increases are necessary due to the increasing costs for “debt service, pensions, energy, paratransit and employee and retiree health care,” which the MTA does not control.

If the proposed hike is approved, a one-way peak ticket from White Plains, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Irvington to Grand Central Station would go from $10.50 to $11.25, an increase of 7.14 percent. A one-way off-peak ticket would go from $7.75 to $8.50, an increase of 9.68 percent. A monthly ticket would increase 8.73 percent, from $229 to $249.

The proposed increase would be even steeper for residents who commute from Mt. Kisco, Bedford Hills, Katonah, Cortlandt, Goldens Bridge and Peekskill. A one-way peak ticket from those communities to Grand Central Station would cost $14.50, an 8.77 percent increase from the current $14.25. A one-way off peak ticket would cost $11.75, a 9.30 percent increase from the current $10.75. A monthly ticket would cost $343, an 8.89 percent increase from the current $315.

Eight public hearings will be held between Nov. 7 and Nov. 15 starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m., the MTA said. The Westchester County public hearing will take place at the Riverfront Library Auditorium, One Larkin Center, Yonkers.

“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 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.”

You can register to speak between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the hearing or call (718) 521-3333 to register between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The MTA said the new fare and toll rates would go into effect on or about March 1, 2013.

For more detailed information on the Metro-North fare increases, including the monthly ticket difference and senior citizen/children prices, please see the attached PDF. 

Attached: (2013_fare_increase_proposal_summary_tables.pdf)

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soha.saad.5602:

My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
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siddhant89:

fare prices should really be reduced or we will not be able to buy daily household

tootired:

Paul Feiner's calendar- 2012 -Transit Discount ID Card media blitz.

Tappan Zee-CHECK-"This will be a tremendous burden for lower income residents of both counties, for seniors and young people," Feiner said. "The state would set the income guidelines to qualify. The Tappan Zee Bridge's projected toll hikes make the bridge unaffordable for many."
A possible suggestion, in addition to lobbying for mass transit or bus service, he said, is a new discount card for commuters who are on fixed incomes. A photo ID card could be issued to those who qualify. They would show the card to toll collectors and pay the reduced fares, he said.

MTA- CHECK "I would like to suggest that the MTA, Thruway Authority, Port Authority offer people who are out of work or on a fixed income (they would set the criteria) a special photo ID card that would provide them with discounts. Public transportation should be affordable --and is essential to those on limited incomes.
The discount fare cards for those out of work/limited incomes would require renewals on a monthly basis and proof of income.

PENDING- Beeline Bus

The TRUTH:

I do not know who is more clueless Paul Feiner or the people that have kept him in office all these years. To suggest a special ID for people who are out of work and then to renew it monthly is insane. Just consider the costs to administer and the potential for abuse. Just look at the Greenburgh Town Courts dysfunction regarding the $1,000,000 in uncollected tickets.

OnlyInGreenburgh:

Mr. Feiner thinks we should give everything away. Special discounts for the unemployed? Really? I'm employed and barely holding on. Where's my discount? I can't afford to pick up the share, sorry. Not when my greenburgh property taxes keep going up and my pay has been the same for the last 4 years. Nothing is free - it costs someone else, always and all ways. What's my 2% tax increase really going to be this year? 4% or 5%. Keep taking properties off the tax rolls, then it can go up even more. Keep inviting and losing lawsuits. I have dig deep to pay for your Fortress Bible mess, $5 to $7 million. You've lost income from the Westhab contract. What else is Mr. Feiner going to cost me. The only blank hole in my household budget now falls under the category of Paul Feiner screw-ups. Thanks but no thanks to your MTA discount card - pay for it yourself!

Chris P.:

Joseph Lhota the MTA CEO actually said "The public will have significant input into our decision making process...The public will assist in shaping our fare policy." Mr. Lhota, it is disgusting enough that your organization takes full advantage of the fact that it is a monopoly and that we as commuters are POWERLESS to stop your fare hikes. However, for YOU to suggest that the public has any say or affect on your fare hikes is something you should be personally ashamed of and called out on in public. It is absolute nonsense. If the public had its way the train fare would be drastically lower and you would just have to run your company as if it were not a monopoly. The public will have "input" as you carefully said. They just won't have any affect.

paulfeiner:

I would like to suggest that the MTA, Thruway Authority, Port Authority offer people who are out of work or on a fixed income (they would set the criteria) a special photo ID card that would provide them with discounts. Public transportation should be affordable --and is essential to those on limited incomes.
The discount fare cards for those out of work/limited incomes would require renewals on a monthly basis and proof of income.

halmarc45:

I would like to suggest that the Town of Greenburgh offer residents who are out of work or on a fixed income (the Town could set the criteria) a special photo ID card that would provide them with discounts on Greenburgh taxes and Town programs. Town services and programs should be affordable -- and are essential for those who now have more free time on their hands.
The discount cards for those out of work/limited incomes would require renewals on a monthly basis and proof of income.
And while we're at it, lets remove the stigma of "discounts". Let's instead call them "scholarships".
Funding for these incentives and the increased cost of hiring Greenburgh employees would be like, similar added administrative costs to the MTA, Thruway Authority, Port Authority, be borne by those who can afford to pay the increased cost of property taxes, fares and tolls.
Ever wonder what Feiner does with his time when he isn't in Court testifying?
He's working the media to get his name seen by voters of any persuasion.
Isn't it nice to have a Town Supervisor who believes in "Free Lunch".
Hal Samis

halmarc45:

And to think that just a few days ago, right here on these pages, Metro North was beating its chest and bragging about how ridership had increased to the point that they were adding new trains to the schedule.

Why has Santa garaged the sleigh this year? Not because the cost of reindeer feed has gone up and it would be cheaper and "green" to take the train.

Because he only has one stop to make: MTA Executive Offices.
Hal Samis

GoodSyntax:

There is absolutely no reason why it should cost nearly $30 for a round-trip from Mt. Kisco/Katonah/Goldens Bridge/Peekskill into Grand Central.

With these types of costs, it is almost cheaper to drive into the city, pay the tolls (another MTA racket) and get early bird parking at a garage.

How on earth is New York trying to promote mass transit with pricing at this level? Sure, like I would LOVE to pile into an overcrowded train, deal with delays and occasional shutdowns, endure multiple transfers between Grand Central and the subways, be stuck to their schedules, try to avoid the garbage, pan handlers and overall stench in the stations and pay through the nose for an experience that overall I would compare with a routine colonoscopy.

Sounds logical to me...so why isn't this mass transit thing taking off? I wonder...

Chris P.:

I absolutely agree with gweiss36. The fact is, if the MTA-Metro North were not a monopoly that can get away with passing the cost to customers, they would save the costs from other areas.

gweiss36:

Awful. Disincentive to take the train. The opposite should be happening, and costs should be saved from other areas.

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