Metro-North fares ris­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

NEW YORK >> Metro-North Rail­road fares are poised to in­crease March 19 un­der a plan ap­proved by Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity.

The MTA an­nounced Wed­nes­day that MetroNorth fares will be based on dis­tance trav­eled and re­main lower dur­ing less busy, off­peak times.

For reg­u­lar com­muters — those us­ing monthly and weekly tick­ets — the pro­posed in­crease is capped at 3.75 per­cent. Monthly ticket in­creases are capped at a max­i­mum of $15 for the long­est trips, and weekly ticket in­creases are capped at a max­i­mum of $6.75 for the long­est trips.

Other rid­ers are to see a fare in­crease of 4 per­cent or lower, but be­cause the in­creases are set to oc­cur in 25cent in­cre­ments, some sin­gletrip rides could in­crease by as much as 6 per­cent, though by no more than 50 cents.

A public hear­ing on the in­creases is sched­uled for 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at the New York Power Author­ity of­fice in White Plains.

Peo­ple also may record video com­ments from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Metro-North’s Pough­keep­sie sta­tion.

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