Tell Us: LIRR Fare Hikes?

MTA approves across the board price increases; Northport commuters to be affected.

If traveling by rail, be preared to pay more in 2013.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted in December to raise its fares across the board, including a near 9 percent Long Island Rail Road hike set to impact Northport commuters and travelers on March 1.

On average, most LIRR tickets will increase from 8.19 percent to 9.31 percent, depending on ticket type and zone, according to the MTA.

Costs will depend on distance traveled, time of day traveling and the type of ticket purchased, whether monthly, weekly, 10-trip, or one-way. 

The LIRR announced it will establish discounts for military personnel on active duty and will extend to the evening peak period the Family Fare discount for children traveling with parents or guardians.

The discounted City Ticket, good for weekend transportation on the LIRR between Manhattan and Queens or between Brooklyn and Queens, will increase to $4 from $3.75 this year.

For those traveling by subway, the MTA announced it will bump the price of a one-way subway fare in New York City to $2.50, up from $2.25 a trip.

The MTA estimates Superstorm Sandy caused $268 million in lost revenue and additional operating costs in 2012 and will result in additional debt payments of as much as $62 million annually attributable to infrastructure losses not recovered from insurance or federal disaster relief.

Tell Us: How do you feel about the hike? Will it put a strain on your finances? Will you make changes to the way you commute?

John Dillworth January 15, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Well they did not suffer any revenue loss from me. I'm a regular monthly rider and they debited my account for a November monthly right on time. then, they failed to provide regular service for a week. I asked for a refund for the week. Want to take a guess where they told me to put that request for a refund?
Leah Bush January 15, 2013 at 04:16 PM
That's terrible, John. Dealing with a bureaucracy like the MTA is an exercise in futility, IMO.
Chris Triolo January 15, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Enough is enough! Everything keeps going up except our paychecks. In fact, in 2013, my paycheck has decreased because of the increased payroll tax ($150 less). With a monthly Metro Card which is also going up, I'm going to be paying over $450 a month to commute.
Candide08 January 15, 2013 at 05:29 PM
The MTA is even worse than it appears. The farther East one lives on L.I. the larger the PERCENTAGE the fare is increased. They used to increase all fares the same percentage but have been charging eastern L.I. even more. Of course this explains fewer riders which means - more fare increases are needed.


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