What to Know
- The MTA's latest fare hike will go into effect tomorrow, March 19 at midnight
- The base fare will stay at $2.75, single rides will remain $3, but weekly and monthly MetroCards will increase to $32 and $121, respectively
- The cash toll at the Verrazano-Narrows will increase to $17, while E-ZPass tolls will go up to $11.52
Straphangers will shell out more for their commutes as the MTA's fare hike went into effect at midnight.
Unlimited ride MetroCard fares will go up from $31 to $32 for the seven-day card and from $116.50 to $121 for the 30-day card. The one-way base fare will remain the same at $2.75 for subways and local buses, and the cash fare remains at $6.50 for express buses.
Reduced-fare unlimited Ride MetroCards will cost $16.00 for a seven-day card $60.50 for a 30-day card. Single Ride Tickets will stay at $3.
For both express buses and pay-per-ride fares, a 5 percent bonus is added when commuters buy or add $5.50 more to their MetroCards.
Drivers aren't exempt from the fare hike — bridge and tunnel tolls are going up as well.
The E-Z Pass toll at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will increase by 44 cents to $11.52, while cash tolls increase $1 to $17. The toll is only paid when crossing from Brooklyn to Staten Island.
At the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, the toll increases 22 cents to $5.76.
For those looking to save some cash on their daily commute, stock up on 11 percent bonus cards, specifically the $40 MetroCards with a $4.40 bonus. However, keep in mind that will only last about a year and a half.
The agency added that of the 180,000 vehicles that cross the narrows daily, roughly 77 percent already avail of discounts.
Over half of the MTA's $15.6 billion annual operating budget is derived from fares and tolls, according to BKYLNER.