Subway Fares Could Climb to $3 a Ride

Thirty day MetroCards could go up to $105 a month

Get ready for $3 subway and bus fares.

That's a worst-case-scenario being considered by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which must close a projected $1.2 billion shortfall next year.

The MTA released a list of proposed maximum fares and tolls in a notice providing the schedule for eight public hearings to discuss the planned increases and service cuts.

Besides the single ride subway and bus hike from $2 to $3, the authority is looking at raising the weekly MetroCard from $25 to $32 and the 30-day unlimited ride MetroCard from $81 to $105.

Tolls on MTA-operated bridges and tunnels, including the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge -- formerly the Triborough Bridge - could rise to $7.

The hearing notice also said some fares on Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road could rise by as much as a third.

The first hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14.

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