This week, the MTA proposed an increase in fares and tolls over the next two years. If approved in January 2015 by the MTA’s board of trustees, the increases will go into effect in March. There have been four fare increases in the past seven years, what do you think about the proposed increase for March 2015?
Mae Patterson, 73, is a retired human resources administrator who frequently rides the B83 bus. “People can barely afford the fare now, and what about those who do not have a job? They need to travel to find a job, but can’t afford it. It’s not right to raise the fare.”
Charrise Barnes, 50, is a retired counselor and relies on buses and trains to travel. “Economically, people are suffering. They can’t afford to take the bus, and now there are people who have to deal with a cut in the amount of money they receive for food stamps.”
Jimmy Johnson, 32, is a construction worker who rides the B83 bus when he doesn’t want to worry about finding a parking space.
“I don’t think the MTA should increase the fare. But if they do, at least, let the money go towards more trains and buses. The MTA has already reduced the B82’s service. Sometimes people wait outside for nearly an hour for a bus. If they need to charge more, then they need to make it easier for people to travel.
Luis Cevallos, 15, a student at FDNY High School, takes the B83 to school.
“Right now I pay half fare to get to school, since I don’t live very far away. A 25 cent increase does not seem like much to some, but it adds up. Then, if I want to travel on the weekends it will be even more money.”
Val Daniels, 30, a teacher, rides the bus to work and to pick up her children.
“The transportation department needs to stop increasing the fares. They are not allocating the money appropriately. Why add new trains if the old ones work fine? It’s like the old saying, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’”