Ny’ers Brace For More Fare Hikes

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A sweeping price hike that covers subway, bus, rail fares and tolls, takes effect on Sunday — leaving some riders ready to ditch New York, while others plan to cut back on splurges like date night.

A monthly MetroCard price will go up from $112 to $116.50, a single trip will rise from $2.50 to $2.75, and the weekly card goes up a buck to $31.

“I’m furious. I’m disgusted with the MTA. I live from paycheck to paycheck,” said Reena Seeraj, 27, who commutes to East Hampton from East Flatbush via the subway and LIRR for work.

“Enough is enough. I’m just tired and fed up. I might have to pack my bags and leave New York.”

Seeraj said she can’t always afford a monthly now, which would be the most economical choice for her — since she has to take care of her mom and pay off her student- loan debt.

She plans to use coupons more for groceries, but is incensed that her commute keeps getting worse even as she pays more.

“I don’t know what they are doing with their money. It’s definitely not to improve service.”

Riders will get some relief with a larger bonus for loading money on their MetroCards.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THEIR MONEY. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT TO IMPROVE SERVICE.

 – Reena Seeraj

It will be increased from 5 percent to 11 percent, but straphangers will now have to load at least $5.50 to get the bonus. Before, they could get it by putting $5 on their cards.

Christopher Lewis, 28, of Jamaica, said the blow to his family’s budget could end the weekly outing he takes with his wife.

He is struggling to take care of a newborn son, as well as his preteen daughter.

“This is really going to hurt me. I might have to cut back on my once-a-week date night with my wife,” he said. “It would break my heart to stop doing that.”

Railroad commuters and drivers who use MTA crossings will take a roughly 4 percent hit as well.

Cash tolls on the Verrazano will go from $15 to $16. Staten Island residents who use E-ZPass for 3 more trips a month will see a 24-cent increase to $6.24 a trip.

For crossings like the Throgs Neck Bridge and Queens Midtown Tunnel, cash tolls will go from $7.50 to $8.

The MTA’s financial woes include a $15 billion deficit in its capital plan, which funds big projects like the Second Avenue Subway and bringing the LIRR to Grand Central.

It said it has cut its annual spending by more than a billion a year. The fare hike will bring in an additional $210 million for the MTA this year, and more than $260 million a year by 2018.


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