MTA Chief: Subway Base Fare Likely to Go Up

He says if the base fare doesn't go up, the agency will have to raise the cost of 30-day unlimited passes

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:59 AM EDT
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The MTA chairman says the $2.25 base fare for subways and buses is likely to go up.     

Joseph Lhota tells WOR Radio he wants to focus on keeping the cost as low as possible for the middle class.     

He says if the base fare doesn't go up, the agency will have to raise the cost of 30-day unlimited passes.     

Lhota noted that a majority of riders buy a 30- or 7-day unlimited card or a pay-per-ride MetroCard of at least $10.     

It's likely the $2.25 base fare will go up 25 cents. Two of the four plans on the table would hike the base fare, three would reduce or eliminate the MetroCard bonus.     

A final decision will be made in December.

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