Metro-North Fare hikes coming

Metro-North Fare hikes coming

Metro-North commuters will start this spring by getting soaked by fare increases for the fifth time since 2008.

Prices will rise about 4 percent. The increases are part of sweeping fare and toll hikes that will take effect Sunday across the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system.

See how much the price of your ride will increase here:

Metro-North riders were last hit with increases in March 2013, when fares soared roughly 9 percent across the board. Ticket prices also swelled in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Riders can also plan on another 4-percent spike in 2017.

New Yorkers spend an average of 6 hours and 18 minutes getting to and from work each week — the highest among 30 major cities in the United States. It’s also roughly two hours longer than San Francisco, which has the second longest at 4 hours and 57 minutes.

A historical look at Metro-North fare increases

2008: 4 percent and the first time fares were raised since 2005.

2009: About 9 to 10 percent

2011: Hudson and Harlem lines: an average of 9 percent.

2013: Roughly 9 percent across the board

2015: 4 percent for most east-of-Hudson tickets to and and from Manhattan and for west-of-Hudson passes to and from Hoboken/Secaucus.

Author: Harlem Valley News