Pay up! MTA fare and toll hikes in effect

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(PIX11) -- Commuters will have to dig deeper into their pockets when a fare hike for the MTA goes into effect Sunday.

A single subway or bus ride will increase by $.25 to $2.75, and fares for the express bus will increase from $6 to $6.50.

For the unlimited cards, a seven-day pass will increase by $1 to $31, while the monthly metro card will be hiked up to $116.50 from $112.

The fare increases amount to about 4 percent. The MTA has posted some advice on how to get the most bang for your buck:

Put $5.50 or more on a MetroCard at a time to get an 11% bonus, which will lower the price of the swipe. Also, if you take more than 13 rides a week, consider buying the unlimited weekly card.

For the Metro-North and LIRR trains, expect a 2.2 to 6.1 percent increase, while tolls on MTA bridges and tunnels like the RFK Bridge and Midtown Tunnel will see an increase of $.21 to $5.54.

The last time the MTA imposed a fare hike was in 2013.

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