MTA Hints at Reducing or Nixing MetroCard Discount

MTA chair Joseph Lhota hinted at the possibility during a breakfast forum Wednesday

Thursday, Sep 13, 2012  |  Updated 6:48 AM EDT
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may reduce or even eliminate its discount on pay-per-ride MetroCards. 

That's a possibility that MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota hinted at during a Crain's New York breakfast forum in Manhattan Wednesday.
 
The Daily News says Lhota told the forum the authority is preparing to unveil a menu of fare hike options next month. On the table is the popular pay-per-ride MetroCard, which provides a 7 percent discount for every $10 a rider places on the card.

Other options include possible increases in the base subway and bus fare and weekly and monthly MetroCards.

 
Lhota says the MTA will publish its proposals and then hold public hearings before its board votes on a final budget in December.

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