While Chicagoans riding the CTA on passes will dig deeper in their pockets next month, New York City riders face an increase in both base fare AND pass prices.
The base fare in New York will go up 25 cents to $2.50. The cost of a 30-day pass will increase by $8 to $112. A seven-day pass will rise by $1 to $30.
On the CTA, these price changes go into effect for passes starting Jan. 14:
- One-day pass from $5.75 to $10.
- Three-day pass from $14 to $20.
- Seven-day pass from $23 to $28.
- 30-day pass from $86 to $100.
- Metra Link-Up pass from $45 to $55.
A New York Times story shows the approach that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board took in determining the final fare increases:
Though a fare increase has long been expected, the authority undertook a unique approach in determining how exactly it would be implemented, unveiling four options in the fall and soliciting feedback from riders on which they preferred. One proposal called for the base fare to remain $2.25, but raised the cost of a 30-day pass to $125. Another kept the base fare at $2.25, increased the cost of a 30-day pass to $119 and eliminated the pay-per-ride bonus entirely.
In the end, none of the options were adopted precisely.
“At the public hearings, customers asked us to minimize increases to the passes and maintain some level of bonus,” Joseph J. Lhota, the authority’s chairman, wrote in a letter to board members last week, in which he recommended approving the new fares and tolls. “They did not want to see another double-digit percentage increase in the 30-day pass.”
In 2010, the authority raised the cost of 30-day cards to $104, from $89, a 17 percent increase.
Makes you wonder what CTA riders might have said if the board had asked.