NEW YORK - Fares and tolls are set to go up again in March, and commuters on Tuesday will have a chance to sound off on the proposed increases at the first in a series of public hearings.

The hearing at Baruch College in Manhattan starts at 5:00 p.m. and is the first of five in the city.

The MTA Board is considering proposals that would raise fares on the subway, buses, Paratransit, the Long Island Rail Road and Metro North, and tolls on the agency's bridges and tunnels.



For the buses and the subway, the MTA is, for now, looking at two options.

Option A would keep the base fare at $2.75 - but raise the price of a 30-day Unlimited-ride MetroCard to $127 - an increase of $6. That option would also eliminate the bonus riders receive if they put at least $5.50 on a MetroCard.

Option B would bump the base fare up to $3 - and the price of the 30-day Unlimited by $5.25.

Under both options, the price of the 70-day MetroCard would go up $1 to $33. And a 7-day Express Bus Pass would rise $3.50 - to $63.

The other public hearings in the city will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. - Hostos Community Community College, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture Main Theater, Bronx
  • Monday, Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m. - College of Staten Island Center for the Arts Springer Concert Hall, Building 1P, Staten Island
  • Monday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. - Long Island University Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn
  • Tuesday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. - York College Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, Jamaica, Queens

The MTA's final vote will take place in January.