NEW YORK (WPIX)—The new MTA fare hike is set to go into effect Thursday as some New Yorkers are still without subway and bus service following Sunday's blizzard.
On the eve of the fare hike, five New York City subway lines -- the B, L, N, Q and Franklin Ave Shuttle -- were still suspended. Bus service also remained crippled, especially in Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.
Gabrielle Gemma, an organizer for the public advocacy group Bail Out the People Movement, called the fare hike unacceptable and wants it repealed.
"With no station attendants at many stations, no services for disabled riders, stalled trains and dangerous conditions, simply going down a snow-covered stairway meant taking your life in your hands," Gemma stated. "We can't possibly accept a fare hike that was already outrageous."
On December 30, the price of a single ride will go up 25 cents to $2.50, and an unlimited weekly pass will increase from $27 to $29.
The most drastic increase is the 30-day unlimited monthly MetroCard, which increases by 17 percent from $89 to $104. The triple-digit price tag is a far cry from its original cost of $63 when it was first introduced in 1998.
The one-day fun pass and 14-day pass will also be discontinued on December 30.
Bonuses for pay-per-ride MetroCards will also decrease. Where a customer could once put down $8 or more on a MetroCard and get a 15 percent bonus, the minimum is now $10 and there is only a 7 percent bonus -- causing even odder number of cents to remain on the MetroCard when full fares are used up.
Along with the fare hikes, mid-2011 customers will also have fork over an extra $1.00 when purchasing new MetroCards instead of refilling old cards.
Straphangers who purchased MetroCards before December 30 will have until Monday, January 10, 2011 to activate them in order to get the full use of the card.
The defunk one-day fun pass will be good until January 10, 2011 and the 14-day pass can be used until January 23, 2011.
Seven-day unlimited ride MetroCards and seven-day express bus plus passes will be valid through January 16, 2011.
Finally, 30-day unlimited monthly MetroCards will be valid until Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Depending on distance, Long Island Railroad and Metro-North customers should expect to pay anywhere between 7 to 14 percent more for tickets.
Drivers are not exempt from the fare hike either. On the bridges and tunnels, drivers who pay cash can expect significant increases while those with EZ-Passes will experience minor increases.
The MTA board voted 12-2 on October 7 in favor of the fare hikes, which are intended to help close the MTA's gaping multi-million budget deficit.
Online: MTA.info: Full Details Of New Fare Hikes