October 7, 2010 by staff 

MTA FARE HIKE, The price increase as expected is now official MTA. MTA Chairman Jay Walder said Thursday that the price of one month MetroCard will increase from $ 89 to $ 104, the weekly charts, rising from 27 to $ 29 and the base rates for walks alone will increase by 25 cents.

All but two members of the board of directors approved the increase of 17 percent tariffs. Dissident members who have opposed the price increase, Norman Seabrook, said: “It’s working poor who felt every time we turn around around.”

“These are exceptionally difficult times, financially, in the state. We all know that. Tough choices will be made in the future, “said Walder, defense of the increase. He said that the decison was pre-ordained in May 2009 when the state legislature a plan for rescue the MTA has authorized the Board to increase rates by about 8 percent.

“Our transit system is based on the support of our federal state and local,” said Walder. “And in this regard, we were disappointed. We have seen the funds cut from the MTA this year at a time when we had no choice but to do so by cutting service and raising fares. ”

Gene Russianoff, Straphangers Campaign calls for state government to intervene. “These cuts and tariff increases are not only caused by poor economic conditions, they are caused by Albany, City Hall and Washington not to come to the rescue That’s why our people are here today with signs that say “Riders to Albany. Help, “Russianoff said.

The fare increases come into effect January 1, 2011.

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