NEW YORK – The MTA board decided not to vote on the proposed fare hikes as they chose to continue to weigh their options.
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At the monthly meeting Thursday, MTA Board Members voted to table the discussion and vote at the February meeting.
Members were initially expected to choose between two options that have been on the table and the focus of public hearings since the fall of 2018:
- Base fare for bus and subway would stay the same at $2.75 with bonus pay-per-ride swipes to be eliminated. The other option would increase the base fare to $3 with an increase in the bonus
- Weekly passes would increase from $32 to $33 ( a weekly express bus pass would increase from $59.50 to $63)
- A monthly unlimited pass would increase from $121 to either $127 or $126.25
- Railroad riders would also see an increase for weekly and monthly passes that are roughly 4% with a $500 cap on the price
- Tolls would increase along the same guidelines and resident discounts would be maintained
Click here to see the original proposals.
Acting MTA Chairperson Fernando Ferrer says during the next month, all options will be reviewed and researched.
"I'm not going to do anything that compromises safety, signals, the progress and forward momentum of our organization," said Acting Chairman Ferrer.
MTA Board Member Lawrence Schwartz has asked staff and fellow board members to find a way to connect certain performance goals to any requests for fare and toll increases.
As voting was delayed, the board brainstormed ways to make agencies more efficient and save money. They reviewed a presentation about procurement, contractor, and job reform.
Board members will discuss their options during their February meeting, according to PIX11's Greg Mocker.
The official vote has been postponed to February. The fare and toll increases were set to take effect in March.
Laws require new fare and toll increases to have public hearings.