New fare and tolls are in effect as of March 22nd, 2015 on MTA NYC Transit buses and subways, MTA Bus, the MTA Staten Island Railway, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels. New fares are also in effect on MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad Railroad on March 22. The MTA has cut $1.1 billion from its annual spending, with more cuts planned every year to bring annual savings to $1.6 billion by 2018.
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Bus, and the MTA Staten Island Railway
The base fare for the subway, bus, and MTA Staten Island Railway is $2.75, with an 11% bonus added to MetroCard purchases of at least $5.50. The 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard is $116.50, the 7-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard is $31. A Single Ride Ticket, available at subway MetroCard Vending Machines only that does not provide for any subway to bus transfer, is $3.00.
The MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad
Under new fare schedules in effect as of March 22nd, the majority of MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad fares have increased by 4.25% or less. Fares have increased 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.
Some railroad fares have increased more than 4%, because fare changes must occur in 25-cent increments. However, any increase of more than 6% will result in a fare increase of no more than 50 cents per trip. The cost of a City Ticket has increased by 25 cents, and policies regarding the calculation of onboard fares and refunds remain unchanged.
MTA Bridges & Tunnels
As of March 22nd, a new toll structure is in place on all MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings. Car tolls for customers using a New York Customer Service Center (NYCSC) E-ZPass have increased .21 cents to $5.54 at major crossings like the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Car tolls have increased .50 cents to $8.00 for customers who pay with cash or a non-NYCSC E-ZPass at these facilities. This proposal is consistent with the MTA policy to increase the price differential between cash and E-ZPass to encourage E-ZPass use, which reduces wait times and environmental impact. NYCSC E-ZPass customers will receive discounts off the cash price ranging from 31% to 66%, depending on the crossing, type of vehicle and applicable resident discount programs.