The $100 Not-Unlimited Metrocard Is Coming, and There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop It

The $100 Not-Unlimited Metrocard Is Coming, and There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop It

This morning, it was widely reported that after eliminating some subway lines and some bus lines and, oh, yeah, trying to can a bunch of subway booth workers, the MTA is now considering raising fares yet again. How?

Via NY1, the following plans that have been widely reported this morning may or may not be announced next week as the MTA continues to try to lower their deficit. If approved, the following would take effect on January 1:

  • Your Metrocard would go up $11 to the price of $100.
  • Your Metrocard would cost an extra $1 if you weren't recharging an old one and buying a new one.
  • Your new $100 Metrocard would be limited in use. They would put a "cap" on the number of rides your supposedly "unlimited" Metrocard could take you on, which would make it not-unlimited.
  • Also, your off-peak commuter rail ticket prices would go up an unspecified amount.

What else are they doing to save money? Hiring people to do more "consolidation":

The agency will confirm that it is bringing on some extra help to try to improve efficiency and cut costs. Diana Jones Ritter has joined the agency as managing director. The MTA says she will work to consolidate several functions, including media relations and call centers in an effort to save $10 million a year.

So basically, Ms. Ritter's function is to make sure no New Yorker, be they the average MTA rider, or a reporter, or any stripe of human being, can ever get hold of anyone at the MTA, ever. Nice.

Is the $100 Metrocard inevitable? Maybe. But does it really need to come this soon, at this much of an expense to New Yorkers across the board? Is there really nowhere else the MTA can find the cash? And are they really going to just humiliate riders by making the "unlimited" card limited?

In order:

Yes. No. No. Given everything we've seen in the past, it's pretty likely.

I hate the MTA. You should, too. There's really no reason not to.

[fkamer@villagevoice.com]


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