MTA Fare Hikes

trackThe other day I read in Newsday that the MTA plans to only increase fares 4% in the upcoming years. They could raise it more. Now, don’t get me wrong, a 4% increase sounds better than a 7.5% increase, but it’s still a lot.  A 4% increase at today’s fare prices is a significant increase. It’s way more than the Cost of living adjustment for social security recipients.  It’s not like the services have increased or improved to keep up with the constant fare increases. It costs approx $18.00 for a round trip ticket to take the LIRR into the city from where I live…and that’s for an off peak ticket.  If prices continue to go up, I wonder what the effect will be on people’s decisions to go into the city, whether for employment or entertainment. I think the MTA should be more concerned with cost-containment measures than trying to figure out how much more to charge commuters.

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Stephanie Ovadia is a practicing attorney, radio personality and mother of eight children. Stephanie's areas of practice include entertainment law and personal injury. She received her B.A. in political science from SUNY Binghamton and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

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