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Old 11-24-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: NYC *** Outer Boro
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I started working part-time when fare hit$2:00.Plus I walk more now!What will you all do when the fare hits $2:50I 'm ear marking 20 dollars a month for this one. cause I pay bus for one child plus me and my husband that will be about 270 a month on tranportation not including the car on a 1678 salaryUGH
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:59 AM
 
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its still cheaper than owning a car and driving...... consider yourself lucky you dont own another car and they take fees and toll money from you and give it to mass transit.... think of it this way ,car owners in ny have an extra tax levied on them that non car owners dont. and its noty going to pay for the roads



there is always a bike
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Old 11-26-2008, 07:29 AM
 
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Think about how unfair tolls are on the bridges. if you commute from one area to another and use a bridge your charged what amounts to a tax , its not to pay for the bridge or the road but goes into the general tax buckets for everything from mass transit to paying for welfare...

other motorists that dont commute that way are not taxed......

seems like an unfair tax to me , not just a toll... it would be a toll if it was to pay for the bridge or tunnel
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Personally I think bus fare should stay the same. Raise the train fare if need be but bus should stay the same. I've always felt it doesn't really make sense for a bus ride to be worth the same as a train ride. Now an express bus that's another thing, but regular local bus service should be at least 50 cents cheaper than the train.

But maybe that would cause transfer or metrocard problems...

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Old 11-26-2008, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New York
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Default $2 is too cheap

I think $2 is cheap. You could ride all the way from the Bronx to Far Rock for $2. No way does that cover the cost of the operation. Throw in a bus transfer and you could ride all the way from the Bronx to Suffolk County for $2. In other places like London the fare is distance based and much more expensive.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Indeed, it is a bargain, comparatively. DC has a zone based fare system that has peak and off-peak rates, with the current maximum one-way fare of $4.50. And, if going to/from a suburban station, add in parking, and it's easily a $10-$15 round trip daily, for a non-24/7 system. The rail and subway also have different fare structures, making NYC's system much more simple to navigate.

$2 with transfers in NYC is a bargain, and even at $2.50 it's still not overpriced. And, the unlimited card is even better for frequent transit users.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Late in the 1880s, transit fare in New York was standardized at five cents. It stayed there until 1953, when it went up to a dime. You would've thought the world was coming to an end, the way everyone in the city screamed about that. But surprisingly enough, life went on, and ridership on subways and buses didn't plummet.

These days the numbers are different, but the screaming and yelling is exactly the same. As mathjack107 pointed out, it's still cheaper than taking a cab. And if you buy one of those monthly (or even unlimited use) MetroCards, the fare doesn't go up quite so much.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: LAS, OKC
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besides the metrocard, the MTA bus only takes coins? I can't use dollar bills? thanks
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:48 AM
 
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besides the metrocard, the MTA bus only takes coins? I can't use dollar bills? thanks

Yup -- coins only ...
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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I started working part-time when fare hit$2:00.Plus I walk more now!What will you all do when the fare hits $2:50I 'm ear marking 20 dollars a month for this one. cause I pay bus for one child plus me and my husband that will be about 270 a month on tranportation not including the car on a 1678 salaryUGH
The day anyone stresses out about an extra 50 cent bus fare, is the day they need to move their family out of some rat hole NYC outerborough for a better life somewhere else.
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