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An MTA fare hike scheduled to take place later this week may be delayed after board members explore a new proposal
Board members were planning to vote Thursday for one of three options
Options are raising base fare to $3 and keeping a 10% bonus, keeping the base fare at $2.75, but with no bonus or no hike without key goals
The MTA could vote Thursday to raise the cost of subway and bus fares, but a last-minute plan may delay the decision.
Board members are weighing one of three options: raising the base fare to $3 and keeping a 10 percent bonus for buying monthly MetroCards, keeping the base fare at $2.75, but with no bonus or no fare hike unless the MTA meets certain performance goals.
If the board chooses the third option, it coul trigger a two-week holding pattern and more public hearings would be held before any vote takes place.
On Tuesday, MTA committee members met and were met with an earful from riders imploring them not to approve the long-planned fare hike, something commuters have been dreading.
In a statement, the MTA said its “board will have a robust discussion and decide on the best course of action in the context of the MTA’s dire financial position, which requires fare and toll increases as well as new, sustainable, adequate sources of funding in order to balance the budget while avoiding painful service cuts.”
The MTA approved a $17 billion budget for 2019 last December that assumes a series of broad fare hikes.
The board meeting takes place Thursday at 9 a.m.
Source : Nbcnewyork