Reports: MTA mulls raising unlimited Metrocard by $8

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Various reports allege today that the MTA has come to a decision among proposals for the upcoming fare hike, going with a model that will increase the limited by $8 and the base fare by a quarter.

The model, given as Proposal A, involved the lowest increase to the monthly unlimited, from $104 to $112, as well as a base fare hike from $2.25 to $2.50.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told Metro Monday that the news reports “are premature.”

“The chairman is discussing alternatives with the board and will be making his recommendation in writing to the Board… later this week (or over the weekend),” Ortiz said in an email.

He did not respond as to whether those “alternatives” would involve proposals other than the four that have so far been put forward.

Ortiz reiterated that the proposal will be voted on at the Dec. 19 board meeting, and the hike would not take effect until March 2013.

Lhota has previously indicated a desire to keep the impact on monthly unlimited riders low, as they make up the largest proportion of the city’s straphangers.

Ortiz asserted that “the MTA will continue to do all they can to… adopt a fare/toll structure that has the least impact on the greatest number of customers.”

Would the fare hike affect a mayoral run

News of a fare hike arrives as chairman Joe Lhota is rumored to be considering a mayoral run.

Lhota has consistently denied he is running for mayor, though the Daily News reported on Friday that Lhota had “enlisted” his wife to explore the viability of running a mayoral election campaign.

Supporters, including Monday’s addition of state Conservation Party Chairman Mike Long, have been emphasizing his former position as deputy mayor and budget director under former mayor Rudy Giuliani. 

Lhota himself made mention at the recent Hudson Yards ground-breaking of his past experience in city government, essentially saying that he originally had the idea for Hudson Yards development at that time.


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