A straphanger swipes his Metrocard in a turnstile as he enters the 34th St. subway station Monday, July 23, 2007 in New York. Straphangers who thought they deserved sympathy for being packed in like sardines could get more bad news this week if transit officials vote to consider the system's first fare increase since 2003. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Straphangers frustrated by the lack of or limited service in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2010 may get a bit more heated by this reminder: Fares go up today!
Riders on the city's subways, buses and commuter rails are going to have to come up with some more money. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is increasing fares on Thursday.
A fare increase of almost 17 percent is slated for the monthly unlimited Metrocards, adding $15 to the current price of $89. Other fare classes will also increase, although not as much. The $2.25 one-way subway and bus fare will stay the same except for single-ride tickets, which will rise to $2.50.
Those increases follow hikes in 2008 and 2009. And another is planned for 2013. Tolls are also going up at the MTA's bridges and tunnels.
The fare increase comes in the same week as the transit system is working toward getting back to normal after a major storm cause huge disruptions.
Also, it'll cost $13 to cross the Verrazano Bridge to get to Staten Island. But as Staten Islanders, burried under more than two feet of snow know all too well, not many people are getting in -- or out -- htis week.