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03.20.15 Liam Mathews

The newest round of MTA fare hikes go into effect this Sunday. A single ride will increase from $2.50 to $2.75, a weekly Metrocard from $30 to $31, and a monthly from $112 to $116.50 The fare hikes come at a terrible time for the MTA’s public image, with debilitating delays on the L train […]

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10.22.14 Rhett Jones

Fares for the MTA would have to increase by 15% if they are forced to borrow money to close budget gaps. According to the state controller Thomas DiNapoli, for every $1 billion the MTA borrows they would have to pay $70 million (a 1% fare-hike) in debt service. With $15 billion needed to cover the MTA’s […]

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09.09.14 Sophie Weiner

The MTA responded to a recent I Quant NY post explaining how the transit authority’s vending machines trick commuters by applying bonuses that leave you with less than enough money to pay for another ride. Ben Wellington, who runs the data-driven site, found their response unsatisfactory: “These machines do not hold an infinite amount of change and the […]

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05.13.13 Samer Kalaf

To no one’s surprise, the MTA is reportedly making tons of money with the new “green” fee that makes subway riders pay a buck for a new MetroCard. In the first month after the fee went into effect, more riders than transit officials predicted continued to buy new MetroCards — and paid the extra $1, […]

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02.14.13 Eugene Reznik

Over 800 artists from from places as far as South Korea and New Zealand, age five to 70-something, some renowned, other less so, submitted 2,400 MetroCard-based works to “Single Fare 3.” “With the exception of a couple of pieces that showed up totally damaged, every single thing we got was hung,” exhibit organizer Jean-Pierre Roy tells […]

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02.08.13 Marina Galperina

This is Jeff Gipe’s contribution to “Single Fare 3.” Eye-catching, isn’t it? Following the grand success of “Single Fare” and “Single Fare 2,” Michael Kagan, Jean-Pierre Roy and RH Gallery are about to unveil yet another exhibit of New York City MTA MetroCards reincarnated as art. Details here. They’re amazing. Seriously. They look so good. You should go. “Single Fare,” Various […]

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02.07.13 Julia Dawidowicz

NYC’s Public Transit Union really, really wants people to stop dying in the subway. While the MTA is busy working on some high-tech, costly solutions to prevent subway deaths — some of which will allegedly take decades to implement — the Public Transit Union has come up with an immediate plan of action: blood-splattered “Metro(death)Cards.” Yes, this is […]

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03.15.11 Marina Galperina

The Single Fare art show is back! See simple MetroCards transformed into John Jacobsmeyer’s surreal multi-panel epic My Own Private Wolfenstein, nude girls swirling in bathwater by Alyssa Monks and Katrina Balling’s grinning dog entirely painted in nail polish. […]

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05.01.09 Will Sherman

If your plan for the seemingly inevitable MTA fare hikes involves the old bent MetroCard trick, you might think again. The fake fare scam, ruled forgery, could send you to prison. Besides that, skipping out on the fare doesn’t help the strapped for cash agency, not that it even put a ding in the 1.8 […]

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