MTA Not Worth the $2.75

NEW YORK, NY- Every New Yorker goes through this; you are on the train  trying to get to your destination on time when you hear the dispatcher through the speakers “the train is delayed due to traffic ahead of us. Sorry for the inconvenience.” If its not a delay due to traffic its a signal problem, sick passenger, fire, or my all time favorite a “planned” reroute where the train decides to skip the stop you had to get off of.

The $2.75 the MTA (or as I like to call them the Money Taking Assholes) is charging is disgusting. They take  advantage of the fact that people rely on this service for transportation. If the money was actually going towards improvements, then this blog post would not have been necessary. The fare hike has done the complete opposite. I see more trash on the tracks, rats the size of kittens, people are packed like sardines, and the delays have gotten worse. Even if its not a delay, the train moves at a snail’s pace.

New York City MetroCard
New York City MetroCard

Many petitions and rallies have been done to lower the fare hikes. We are being ignored. The New York Times shows a timeline of how the fare hikes have increased. The MTA charged $2 from 2003- 2009. Since then, every two to three years the fare has increased 25 cents. This does not include how much the unlimited weekly and monthly cards have gone up. $116 for a 30 day Metrocard is pretty much another bill.There is also a plan that if the City of New York does not give the MTA the proper budget, we will have to pay for their gap with a fare hike of up to $3.15. Guess who will be riding her bike to work when this happens?

Note:To see the New York Times fare hike timeline click on this link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/03/20/us/ap-us-mta-fare-increase-glance.html?_r=0

So now I ask you my fellow readers, what can we do about this? We could jump the turnstiles as a protest, but that will lead to a conflict with the cops. We need to take some sort of action against the MTA. We cannot afford another fare hike for the same terrible service. Its unfair. I had enough after the delays cost me to get to work late this morning. The least they can do is lower the fare back down to $1. Why should we have to pay more for a service that has not improved?

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  1. “So now I ask you my fellow readers, what can we do about this? We could jump the turnstiles as a protest, but that will lead to a conflict with the cops. We need to take some sort of action against the MTA.”

    Here’s a better reason: your “protest” would further drain coffers whose levels largely depend on how much the City AND the State decide to allocate. You even allude to it previously in your post:
    “There is also a plan that if the City of New York does not give the MTA the proper budget, we will have to pay for their gap with a fare hike of up to $3.15.”
    Take paying riders out of the equation and we’ll get to $3.15 a ride even faster. It doesn’t follow logically to starve the agency even more.

    If you want service to be worth the $2.75, a more effective course of action would involve making your voice heard by your representatives. Our vigilance should be focused on the state government, particularly on a certain man sharing a surname with the guy from Weezer:
    http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/02/06/cuomo-electioneering-robbing-from-transit-to-pay-staten-island-motorists/
    http://blog.tstc.org/2014/01/22/governor-cuomos-executive-budget-40-million-taken-from-transit-no-dedicated-pedestrian-and-bicycling-safety-funding/
    http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/12/16/sooner-or-later-the-cuomo-fare-hike-is-coming/

    As for biking to work, go for it! Even if we’re not talking about cost, in terms of speed it beats any bus ride (except over the bridges where Robert Moses decided cyclists and pedestrians weren’t worthy of accommodation) and some subway rides if your destinations are far enough from stations.

    “We need to take some sort of action against the MTA.”

    We cannot afford another fare hike for the same terrible service. Its unfair. I had enough after the delays cost me to get to work late this morning. The least they can do is lower the fare back down to $1. Why should we have to pay more for a service that has not improved?”

    1. Woops, take out the last iteration of “We need to take…” and so on. Forgot to wipe that from copying/pasting.

  2. I appreciate your comments. Politicians can only do so much to actually listen to the people they serve. There is not much they want to do to help out, hence the rallies and protests other people have done.

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