Metro-North Fare Increases Go Into Effect March 1

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Metro-North riders throughout Westchester County will be paying more to board the train come March 1. Photo Credit: File Photo

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) fare hikes that were approved in December will go into effect March 1 and include increases between 8.19 percent and 9.13 percent for Metro-North riders.

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  • Yes, the MTA needs some way to pay for the system.

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  • No, I cannot believe they have been increased again.

    91%
  • I do not take the train much, so it does not bother me.

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The systemwide move, which includes New York City buses and subways, was made in order to close a $450 million deficit.

Former MTA Chairperson and CEO Joseph Lhota, who is now a candidate in the New York City mayoral race, said in October that the fare and toll increases were necessary due to rising costs for “debt service, pensions, energy, paratransit and employee and retiree health care,” which the MTA does not control.

Eight public hearings on the fare increases were held in November and December.

A one-way peak ticket from White Plains, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Ardsley and Irvington to Grand Central Station will go from $10.50 to $11.25, an increase of 7.14 percent. A one-way off-peak ticket will go from $7.75 to $8.50, an increase of 9.68 percent. The new monthly ticket cost, which went into effect Feb. 20, increased 8.73 percent, from $229 to $249.

Riders traveling from Mt. Vernon West, Fleetwood, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Crestwood, Ludlow, Yonkers, Glenwood and Greystone to Grand Central Station will now pay $10 for a one-way peak ticket, an 8.10 percent increase from $9.25. A one-way off-peak ticket will go from $7 to $7.50, an increase of 7.14 percent. A monthly ticket rises from $204 to $222, an increase of 8.82 percent.

The increase is even steeper for riders 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 will cost $15.50, an 8.77 percent increase from the current $14.25. A one-way off-peak ticket will cost $11.75, a 9.3 percent increase from the current $10.75. A monthly ticket now costs $343, an 8.89 percent increase from $315.

MTA spokesperson Majorie Anders said the fare increase is the third in the last five years and comes as part of a deal with the New York State Legislature in order to receive a funding source.

Most of the MTA’s budget comes from the mortgage recording tax, paid by residents in any of the 12 counties of MTA’s service territory when they buy a house, business or other real estate, Anders said. In 2008, when the real estate bubble burst, that source of funding dried up, she said.

“The MTA went hat in hand, more or less, to the Legislature, looking for an additional source of revenue and some much-needed funding for an essential public service,” she said. “It’s good for the economy of the region. As part of that deal, which brought to you the payroll mobility tax, the MTA agreed to raise fares every other year three times. We’re carrying out our word.”

You can check out the MTA's fare increases on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines.

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Chris P.:

Fair enough ripple. However, while I can't argue with your math, its no excuse for them to continually gouge their customers. The fact is that we have no one representing us on this issue and no mechanism to do anything about it. It is a vulger abuse of a monopoly and the fact that they are the only game in town is no justification. 8-9%? WHERE do they come up with that? Do we get 8-9% pay increases every other year? Does bread go up 8% or 9%? This is unacceptable.

ripple:

Completely agree that these constant huge increases are ridiculous.
And while they hold open sessions about them, in the end what does it matter?
They are going to do it and no one challenges it in court or otherwise.
The system mostly runs on electric trains so fuel costs are not a huge issue.
Its the bloated system of pensions and favors.
Unfortunately it doesnt stop with just the MTA :(

Chris P.:

I think whoever "ripple" is, he or she works for Metro North.

ripple:

Nope just a daily commuter and proponent of mass transit. You think I like the fare hike? Of course not but you can't argue with the math.

ripple:

It is indeed a large increase for me too.
Goldens Bridge to Grand Central went from $315 to $343 a month.

BUT...

Lets say I work 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month. 20 round trips = 40 rides.
Thats $8.58 a day for the train.
Factor in my yearly parking permit which is $426/year (20 days x 12 mos=240 parking days=$1.78/day)
Grand total $10.36 a day commuting.

The same trip via car (47 miles from station to station) would cost 9.75 EACH WAY assuming 20mpg and $4.15/gal gas.
BUT then i'd have to park for no less than $12 a day.
Grand total $31.50 a day.
PLUS wear and tear on your car. PLUS insurance.
PLUS time wasted in traffic. PLUS stress.

Even if you got 30mpg that's still $25 a day.

The train is still a bargain folks, even if the increases seem huge.
Plus I get to laugh at the bumper-to-bumper cars on the FDR as my train sails over them before 125th St.

Mac376:

That was why they put a payroll tax on businesses rather than a rate hike. Democrats in NY government didn't want any political backlash so instead they go after typical republican businessmen.
Now that it was repealed they have to get their money somewhere. Conservatives have been crying about this for years and For those that ride the train I feel for you. As for those of you democrats that ride the train enjoy your fair hike you earned it!

Fifth Ave Guy:

Its now cheaper for me & the fam. to drive & see a show in mid-town. Something's wrong with that. Since there's NO audit of this behemoth authority, we simply go down the road of charge more instead of spend less and our fine legislators do little to nothing to fix the problem.

Thanks Amy Paulin, Steve Otis, Andrea Stewart Cousins & George Latimer specifically for doing NOTHING for your constituants.

ripple:

Many people do not know about the Family Fare rate.
It saves you a LOT of money.

Family Fare
Pay $1 per ticket for up to four children (ages 5 to 11) with a fare-paying adult (18 years or older). The fifth child and all other children pay Child Fare. Not valid on inbound morning peak trains. Valid for 60 days (including day of purchase).

cjmesq:

We are paying for the salaries and pensions of the ticket takers and the retired ticket takers. A mind-numbing useless job that should be phased out like the toll booth cashiers. Now that I'm thinking about it, tolls haven't gone done either. So basically it is typical waste, fraud and abuse.

Reporting101:

Those hikes are rough. More and more just goes into living expenses in general, although this tactic seems to be the nature of a monopoly like the MTA. Rack up the fee commuters are forced to pay because there is no other option for mass transportation. Truth is, I wish there were more hiring businesses in town so most of us don't have to commute.

I am a PC resident and commute to NYC. I see a ton of fellow commuters come in from neighboring Greenwich and Rye because we have more MTA parking in the waterfront shopping center and cheaper fairs. Questions:

1) Does the town get any revenue from a shared deal to provide parking?
2) How does a small village like PC absorb all that traffic?
3) Are there any clear, proven and direct benefits to local business from this influx?

Chris P.:

Well said Callen! Exactly. Not everyone who commutes into the city is making 100K/year. My assistant just told me her train pass is going to cost $263! She makes 34k.... Its disgusting.

Chris P.:

Here is an interesting question: Do MTA & Metro North employees and or their families pay the same fares as we do? I bet they don't. They should be made to buy a full price train pass like everyone else.

Mac376:

MTA employees and their families ride for free. The employees are the reason the rates are so high. If their bosses made them work as hard as those in the private sector they would run more cost effiecently. They all know it. It's a running joke there.

Callen:

The business needs to be run more efficiently, it's a time when mass transportation should be encouraged. NY city is too clogged with cars and other fossil-fueled machines. The future should be more mass transit at affordable prices. Managers are not controlling the income/expense issues properly so the users of train service have to cover for them and pay more.
I wish there could be competition in the field, then this monopoly would not be acting like a runaway train.

mybeautifulkids:

Too much, too expensive, income is not matching these increases, this economy is not getting better for middle, working, and low income class, everyone is squeezing the American family from all directions, we are spending less and less, sacrificing, no vacations and no road trips even, the better jobs are in NYC where rent and food are too expensive and the daily commute costing more, No breaks for the working person, just pay and pay and pay

Chris P.:

I agree 100% with what expat said. What compounds the problem is the fact that this is a monopoly. Thats the reason they are able to get away with it. These increases are insane. I am so disgusted with them. And you know what, theres nothing you can do about it because they are a monopoly. Disgusting.

expat:

The MTA cannot go on with generous pensions and overstaffed administration. The union has created it's own micro-cosmos of rules and regulations that do not allow the MTA to be effective. The salaries and pensions are outrageous, compared to other public transportation companies. Stubborn and detached from reality, the union officials fight every move for reform.
The commuters pay a high price- unable to fight back- for some fat cats to get fatter.

Callen:

Agree with expat's comments

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