Be Prepared to Pay More for Less!

So I found out this evening that MTA is planning to jack up the already increased fare to take trains and buses! What the hell?!! We just had a fare hike not too long ago! Granted the base fare stayed the $2.00 but the increase really affected those with unlimited cards like myself.

I’ve read other reports that there are a few things contributing to the fare hike. One of which is that MTA was expecting millions of dollars in revenues from real estate taxes and other taxes which they may not be getting in it’s entirety. For more info click here. Another report from the Daily News explained that we may not get funding from upstate. For the Daily News article, click here.

Not only are commuters going to have to pay more to get to work and get home, they’re going to be commuting with less service! I don’t understand how MTA can increase fares and cut back on services when each day, more and more people are packing themselves in already crowded buses and trains to get to work on time but end up late because trains are stalled in the middle of a tunnel due to “congestion” or “track work”, just to name a few MTA excuses that are announced over their speakers.

This news is just ridiculous especially when almost everything is rising in cost like dairy, foods, and lets not forget about oil!

I wouldn’t be too upset about the fare increases if I saw improvements but it seems ever since Bloomberg got into office, MTA has started to spiral downward in services and maintenance. Elevator and escalators always seem to be “Out of Service”. The trains and the stations just seems to be dirtier and smellier then ever.

I suppose this fare hike shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as MTA has plans to increase the fare to $2.40 by 2010 to meet their projected budgets. To read more about this, click here.

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~ by thedailycommuter on Friday, June 6, 2008.

2 Responses to “Be Prepared to Pay More for Less!”

  1. The out of service elevator or escalator is the worst. It’s really terrible when you see some senior citizen hobbling up the stairs, while everyone else rudely pushes their way past. In DC we have really long escalators at many stations. They frequently do “maintenance” during the day. I don’t understand this. Why can’t they bring back the night shift, where you have crews working under spotlights to fix these problems so everything runs smoothly during the day? I know it’s very non-PC to require manual labor people to work at night, but it makes a heck of a lot more sense than having them do all the maintenance during the day. The alternative is forcing the 80-year-old lady to climb 100 steps of a broken escalator, or if she has a wheelchair make her get off at another stop because they’re fixing the escalator during the day. Makes me so angry I want to throw something at the wall.

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