NEW YORK—The first chance for the public to voice their questions and concerns about the looming fare hikes takes place in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday evening.
A range of fare hike options were laid out by Metropolitan Transportation Authority in October, all centering around three different areas—the base and single ride fare, the weekly and monthly fares, and the 7 percent bonus, which is added onto MetroCards that are $10 or more.
Joseph Lhota, chair and CEO of the authority, has said the four proposals are representative and not definitive. Two of them would raise the base fare (the fare for any number of rides other than one) and the single-ride fare $0.25, while only slightly raising the monthly and weekly passes.
The other two proposals would not raise the base or single-ride fares but would increase more the weekly and monthly passes.
The authority is raising fares, pending expected board approval in December, because of rising costs in so-called nondiscretionary areas—or areas that are deemed beyond its control—such as pensions, paratransit, and paying off debt.
The increases, which would take effect beginning March 2013, would garner $450 million a year. Another raise will likely take effect in March 2015.
More public meetings will take place next week, including one at Manhattan’s Baruch College on Tuesday. All meetings are at 5 p.m.
Wednesday’s meeting is at NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
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