More MTA fare, toll hikes take effect; LIRR restores some services

The LIRR is restoring cut trains to the Long Beach, Montauk and Port Jefferson lines. This comes two days after the price of LIRR tickets

The cost of ridership on the LIRR went up on Friday, and now fares on subways and tolls on bridges have risen as well.

The cost of ridership on the LIRR went up on Friday, and now fares on subways and tolls on bridges have risen as well. (3/3/13)

WOODBURY - Commuters who ride MTA trains or travel on several local bridges can expect to shell out a little bit more, after the MTA's latest round of fare and toll hikes took effect overnight.

Crossing the RFK, Throggs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone bridges will now cost $7.50. Costs to travel on the Midtown and Brooklyn Battery tunnels have also increased.
On Friday, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) ticket prices increased by 8-9 percent.

The MTA says that more services are coming with the increases. Service will be restored on lines suspended in 2010, and the Ronkonkoma line will now run every half hour.

Still, four rate hikes in five years have commuters grumbling. Some tell News 12 Long Island that the service restorations still don't come close to justifying another hike.

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