EASTER SUNDAY FARE HIKE

April 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

Easter Sunday arrives along with a fare increase for riders of our city’s subways and buses. We have the details.

Aired on April 18, 2019.

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>> GOOD EVENING.
WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."
BIG CHANGES ARE COMING FOR THE
MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS WHO
DEPEND ON THE CITY TRANSIT
SYSTEM.
TO BEGIN WITH, RIDING THE SUBWAY
BUS OR TRAIN IS ABOUT TO GET
MORE EXPENSIVE AND THAT'S
BECAUSE THE LATEST ROUND OF MTA
FARE HIKES WILL KICK IN THIS
WEEKEND.
FOR L TRAIN RIDERS, THAT MEANS
THEY'RE ABOUT TO GET LESS FOR
MORE SINCE NEXT WEEK MARKS THE
OFFICIAL START OF THE MUCH
ANTICIPATED PARTIAL L TRAIN
SHUTDOWN.
AND PERHAPS THE BIGGEST CHANGE
OF ALL, METRO CARS WILL SOON BE
A THING OF THE PAST AS THE CITY
BEGINS ROLLING OUT A NEW PAYMENT
SYSTEM THAT WILL EVENTUALLY
PLACE THE YELLOW CARS THAT HAVE
BEEN IN USE FOR MORE THAN 25
YEARS.
JOINING US TO SORT IT ALL OUT,
THE A.M. NEW YORK REPORTER.
>> LET'S GET TO IT.
WHAT ARE THE FARE HIKES AND WHO
WILL IT HIT THE WORST?
>> RIGHT.
SO THIS IS PART OF THE BIENNIAL
FARE HIKES THEY'VE BEEN DOING
FOR A DECADE.
THE MONTHLY CARD WILL GO UP FROM
$121 TO $127.
THE WEEKLY CARD WILL GO UP TO
$33.
THE BASE FARE, $2.75, WILL STAY
THE SAME ALBEIT WITHOUT THE
PURCHASING BONUS.
>> THAT'S A BIG BONUS.
>> IF YOU'RE PAYING FOR A SWIPE,
THAT WILL HIT YOU HARD.
>> WE REMEMBER THE EXPOSE THAT
"THE NEW YORK TIMES" DID A
COUPLE YEARS AGO ABOUT THE
SUBWAY SYSTEM.
AND I THINK IT MADE IT PRETTY
CLEAR THAT THE PROBLEM WASN'T SO
MUCH THE REVENUES AS THERE ARE
PROBLEMS WITH THE REVENUES, AS
THE EXPENDITURES.
PARTICULARLY IN LABOR AND
MANAGEMENT.
AS THESE FARE HIKES COME TO BE,
I THINK, ON EASTER SUNDAY.
DID ANYBODY DEAL WITH THE
EXPENDITURES?
>> RIGHT.
THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM WITH THE
MTA, THE MANAGEMENT WITH.
THESE HIKES, THEY'RE SORT OF
PROMISING THAT THEY'LL GET THEIR
ACTING TOGETHER.
THEY HAVE A HIRING FREEZE GOING
ON.
THEY'RE TRYING TO CUT $500
MILLION FROM THE VARIOUS
AGENCIES.
THEY'RE FACING SIGNIFICANT
BUDGET CUTS.
EVEN WITH THESE HIKES GOING INTO
EFFECT IN THE OFF YEARS.
>> THEY'RE SAYING IT IS JUST TO
KEEP IT GOING.
>> IT BASICALLY STAVES OFF
SERIOUS CUTS.
THEY'RE STILL REALLY STRUGGLING.
THIS IS A HUGE CHALLENGE FOR THE
MTA.
EVEN WITH THE INFLUX OF CASH
FROM CONGESTION PRICING AND ALL
THAT, THAT DOESN'T ADDRESS THE
OPERATING SIDE OF THINGS.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT THE L TRAIN
REPAIRS.
THEY'RE BEGINNING FOR REAL IN A
WEEK.
YOU'VE WRITTEN ABOUT THE ANXIETY
PEOPLE ARE FEELING ABOUT THAT.
TALK ABOUT IT.
>> A BIT OF A DOUBLE WHAMMY.
WE'RE NOT HAVING A FULL L TRAIN.
IT SHUT DOWN.
WE'RE DOING A PARTIAL SHUTDOWN
ON NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS SO TRAINS
WILL BE RUNNING EVERY 20 MINUTES
OVERNIGHT, STARTING, RAMPING
DOWN AT 8:00 P.M. AND ALL
THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
THAT CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT
SERVICE DECLINE FOR THE WEEKEND,
ESPECIALLY WHEN THROUGH UNION
SQUARE, FOR INSTANCE, WE HAVE
TRAINS RUNNING EVERY FOUR OR SIX
MINUTES DURING THE WEEKEND.
>> SO WHEN THE L TRAIN WAS
SUPPOSED TO BE CLOSED DOWN
COMPLETELY FOR 15 MONTHS, THERE
WERE THESE MITIGATING PLANS THAT
WERE IN THE WORKS LIKE DEDICATED
LANE ON 14th STREET FOR BUSES
ONLY.
MORE TRAINS FOR OTHER LINES THAT
L TRAIN USERS MIGHT USE.
ARE THEY STILL IN PLACE?
>> SOME OF THEM ARE.
SO THE SUBWAY, THE SUBWAY
ENHANCEMENTS ARE STILL IN PLACE.
YOU WILL SEE IT BOOSTED.
THE BUS SERVICE IS STILL A
LITTLE BIT OF A QUESTION
MARSHALL.
THE MTA WILL IMPROVE THE BUS
SERVICE ON 14 STREET.
THE BUS SERVICE IS IN LIMBO.
IT WAS QUIETLY MOTH BALLED.
IT WASN'T REALLY NECESSARY.
ALTHOUGH THE ADVOCATES KIND OF
DISAGREE.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE TO
MOVE OVERNIGHT.
THE PROBLEM WITH THE L TRAIN, OR
MAYBE A GOOD THING ABOUT THE L
TRAIN, IT SERVES PEOPLE ALL
THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT THROUGH THE
DAY.
OVERNIGHT.
SO THERE IS REALLY A CHALLENGE
24/7.
>> WE HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE LEFT.
TALK ABOUT THE NEW PAYMENT
SYSTEM IN THE WORKS.
WHEN WILL IT START?
WHEN WILL WE SAY GOODBYE FOREVER
TO THE YELLOW CARD?
>> RIGHT.
SO THE METRO CARD WILL BE AROUND
UNTIL 2023.
SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO PAY WITH
THAT.
THE NEW FARE PAYMENT SYSTEM
WHICH USES THE CONTACT LISTS,
BANK CARDS, EVENTUALLY IT WILL
USE A MOBILE APP.
THAT WILL START WITH A VERY
SMALL PILOT ON THE LEXINGTON
AVENUE LINE AT THE END OF NEXT
MONTH.
ABOUT 16 STATIONS FROM BARCLAY
CENTER.
THEY'LL BE ABLE TO USE, THOSE
RIDERS WILL BE ABLE TO USE A
BANK CARD TO TAP IN.
INSTEAD OF HAVING TO WAIT IN
LINE.
ULTIMATELY, IT WILL OPEN THE
DOOR FOR NEW FARE PAYMENT
POLICIES LIKE FARE CAPPING WHERE
THEY DECIDED TO BUY A MONTHLY OR
DAILY OR WEEKLY METRO CARD.
THE MTA CAN SIMPLY TAP THE FARES
IF THEY WERE IN CERTAIN TIMES IN
THE MONTH.
>> ALL RIGHT.
THANK YOU.
WE'LL SEE HOW THIS ALL WORKS
OUT.
>> NO PROBLEM.
THANK YOU.

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