MTA approves LIRR fare hike

The LIRR rolled back its performance numbers after

The LIRR rolled back its performance numbers after an outcry from commuter advocates. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

HICKSVILLE - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board has voted to increase fares on its railroads, subways, bridges and tunnels, and commuters aren't on board with the decision.

The board formally approved fare hikes and toll increases between 7.5 and 15 percent to cover a transit deficit of $450 million. The changes will take effect March 1.

The single-ride subway or bus fare will jump from $2.25 to $2.50, and the cost of a 30-day MetroCard will rise from $104 to $112. Most Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) zone hikes will range from $12 to $29 more monthly. Bridge and tunnel tolls with EZPass will increase from $4.80 to $5.33 per trip.

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As part of the MTA's long-term budget agreement, there will be a similar fare increase of 7.5 percent or more in 2015.

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