The MTA is pushing back planned fare hikes and service cuts thanks to the federal infrastructure bill, Gov. Hochul announced Monday.
The governor said fare increases and cuts are “off the table” during a brief appearance at Albany International Airport before departing for Washington D.C. to join President Biden as he signs the $1 trillion package.
Last summer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Finance Committee announced that straphangers would get a slight reprieve as scheduled hikes, including the elimination of unlimited seven- and 30-day MetroCards, would be delayed until 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.
Now, Hochul said, those changes will again be postponed.
“I’m really excited to say we will not have to raise fares or have any service cuts,” she said, noting how inflation has led to cost-of-living increases for many New Yorkers.
New York Gov. Hochul announced Monday there will be no MTA fare hikes thanks to the federal infrastructure bill.
Fares have increased by roughly 4% every two years over the past decade.
However, since 1995, the MTA board has implemented the hikes during years that fall in between statewide elections.
The initial postponement last year meant that the planned 2022 price boost would have coincided with Hochul’s first run for a full term.
She is expected to face a heated Democratic primary in June against Attorney General Letitia James and others eyeing runs.
New York Gov. Hochul announced Monday there will be no MTA fare hikes thanks to the federal infrastructure bill. (Todd Maisel/NY Daily News/)
In addition to assisting with mass transit, Biden’s infrastructure plan will send New York direct payments of $11.6 billion to rebuild highways and $1.9 billion for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
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