Picture this: one ticket for the bus, the subway, and the Long Island Rail Road. Under a new plan from MTA chairman Joe Lhota, it could become a reality for some straphangers.
Lhota told Albany lawmakers Thursday that he expects to launch the "Freedom Ticket" as a pilot program sometime in 2018.
The idea is that riders in certain parts of the city would pay a reduced price for a ticket they could use to transfer between subways, buses and the LIRR.
It's meant to help those in so-called "transit deserts" like southeast Queens and Brooklyn where there is no subway service.
The program will likely be tested at Long Island Rail Road stations along the Atlantic Branch, including East New York, Rosedale and St. Albans.