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New Yorkers are faced with infinite struggles in their daily life including higher taxes, congestion, transportation delays, $5 cups of coffee, and so much more.  But the one thing we have over any other city in the world is a safe, (usually) reliable, 24/7 means of public transportation – the subway.  They run to and from all five boroughs (Staten Island has its own railway) all day, every day, including holidays.  While it may seem like a standard and uninteresting means of getting around, there’s a certain aura about riding the subway that really makes you feel like a New Yorker.  One of the most exciting features of the subway is that people from all walks of life are riders – from those living in poverty in gentrifying areas of Brooklyn and Queens, to affluent Upper East Side bankers and Mayor Bloomberg himself.  Kids ride the trains to school, elders to visit their families, and 20-somethings use them to bar hop around the city.

 

No part of the city is off limits. For a modest $2.25 you can ride from downtown Manhattan, all the way to the Bronx, from the World Trade Center to eastern Queens, and from Times Square into Flushing.  The possibilities are endless with free transfers at many stops and connections to all major commuter rails, including Amtrak and PATH. 


Striving for excellence. With every publically subsidized entity, there are complications.  The city tries to continually increase productivity and efficiency of the subways, and as a result, New Yorkers are often faced with fare hikes to generate more revenue.  While small increases may not seem bank-breaking, those pennies add up when you have a daily ridership of over 5 million.


It's all about the Benjamin's. A fare hike is actually in the works right now.  Today, a vote unanimously passed to increase fares across the board.  Starting in March next year, a Metrocard is going to cost $2.50 for a single ride, will have a $1 replacement fee, will cost $30 for a 7-day and $112 for a 30-day unlimited.  Seems simple enough right?  But for residents of the city who ride the trains daily and go for the monthly, that’s an additional $100 annually just to get around. 


What do you think about the fare hike? Is it unfair or justified?



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