Updated 03/04/2013 10:26 PM
MTA Fare Hike Hits Commuters On All Fronts
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Commuters are grumbling on this first workday since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's latest round of fare and toll hikes took effect.
The base fare for subways, buses, the Staten Island Railway and Access-a-Ride is now $2.50, up a quarter.
The 30-day MetroCard costs $112, up from $104; the 7-day card went up a dollar to $30.
Subway riders who spoke with NY1 were not too thrilled with the increases.
"It's not a happy situation, you know? Everything is going up, and our pay remains the same," said one city commuter.
"They're raising the fares but they're not improving anything. At least send a couple more buses on the route so we're not standing in the freezing for so, so long waiting for our buses or a train or something. At least do something to help us out," said another commuter.
The MTA is also now charging a $1 fee for each new MetroCard bought at a vending machine or station booth.
Transit users can avoid the fee by refilling the cards they have, and they will not be charged if they turn in an expired or damaged card.
Tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels are also up.
At most crossings, tolls rose from $4.80 to $5.33 for E-ZPass customers and from $6.50 to $7.50 for cash customers.
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North riders started paying more on Friday.
Fares went up between 8.2 percent and 9.3 percent.
For more information on all the fare and toll hikes, visit mta.info.