MTA Approves Fare Hike


Yesterday, the MTA Board approved of a fare and toll increase set to take effect on March 22. Fares and tolls will go up by 4% over the next two years.

The base fare for the subway and bus will increase by 25 cents to $2.75, but the bonus amount added to MetroCard purchases of at least one round-trip will also increase.

The 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, will increase to $116.50.

The 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard, will increase to $31.

The MTA created the following table to summarize the fare changes. Full details will be posted at

Fare Type Current New
Base MetroCard Fare/Local Bus Cash Fare




5% with $5 purchase

11% with $5.50 purchase

Effective Fare with Bonus



Single Ride Ticket (base MetroCard/Cash Fare plus 25 cents)



Express Bus FareCashEffective MetroCard Fare with Bonus





30-Day MetroCard



7-Day MetroCard



7-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard



Access-a-Ride Fare



Note: The $1 fee for purchasing a new MetroCard will remain unchanged.

In it’s press release, the MTA also summarized the increased for LIRR and MNR commuters, and those using MTA bridges and tunnels:

Fares will also go up for Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers. Fares will rise between 2.2% and 6.1% for tickets to and from Zone 1 on LIRR, to and from Manhattan on Metro-North East-of-Hudson service, and to and from Hoboken/Secaucus Junction on Metro-North West-of-Hudson service.

The cost of a City Ticket will increase by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of onboard fares and refunds remain unchanged. The new fares will be posted on

Tolls will rise 4% on MTA Bridges and Tunnels for over 75% of crossings that are made by cars and trucks using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass. Those car tolls will increase 21 cents to $5.54 at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Customers who pay with cash, Tolls by Mail or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass will see increases of 6.7% to 10%.