MTA Expects to Raise Subway Fares for 2019

Riders may face ANOTHER increase in their subway fare next year, unless the MTA's finances suddenly change... 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman: Joe Lhota said on Wednesday that there are no current options that would save riders from a raise in their fares for 2019. When asked if there was a possibility where he could commit to a flat fare fee, Lhota said, “at the present time, no.”

The MTA board members say they want to avoid another hike in the fares. 

The board reportedly considered formally approving a solution for congestion pricing, but it never came to vote. 

“There was question as to whether we as a board should be voting on that,” said Scott Rechler, a congestion-pricing supporter. “We have a responsibility to advocate, we have a responsibility to recognize the challenges that we are seeing as an agency.”

Polly Trottenberg, the city transportation commissioner and an MTA board member, said Mayor Bill de Blasio has been suspicious of the Fix NYC proposal from a panel that Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed, but has “now expressed some openness.”

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