MTA bus fare will increase to $2 next week; workers' health costs cited
Director Mike Whitten said increases in health insurance and workers compensation are the biggest reasons the MTA board approved the fare increases last month. He said the approvals followed a public hearing, when only a few passengers opposed the increase.
Nearly every fare goes up. Seniors and disabled will pay $1, up from 75 cents. An adult weekly pass goes from $18 to $20. The monthly fare for high-school students goes from $40 to $45.
“What we’re trying to do is raise them less often and in bigger increments,” Whitten said.
In one change, the Step Saver van will now pick up elderly and disabled who only live three-quarters of a mile or closer to a bus route. He said the change should affect few of the approximately 100 customers who use Step Saver.