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MTA To Hike LIRR Fares

Price for Long Island Rail Road trips to jump around 9 percent in March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday voted to raise its fares across the board, including a 9 percent Long Island Rail Road hike set to impact Long Island commuters and travelers in March.

The exact amount of the rate changes will depend on the time of day and the distance of the commute. The MTA will also bump the price of a one-way subway fare in New York City to $2.50, up from $2.25 a trip.

The news comes as MTA chief Joe Lhota announced he will resign his post to run for Mayor of New York City.

According to Newsday, the MTA is also fighting to reinstate its payroll tax, which charges local businesses 34 cents for every $100 it pays in salaries. The highly unpopular tax was struck down in state court in August.
Robert Demarco February 28, 2013 at 09:18 PM
This is true. But I have seen very dangerous conditions because whovever is responsible does not shut off the escalators at the appropriate time. I have seen incidents where people exiting Penn Station are not clearing the top of the escalator fast enough for the people coming up. That is a recipe for disaster. It has to be in the crisis plan for some to shut the escalators in a more timely manner. They can do something about that.
JEFF GORDON February 28, 2013 at 09:28 PM
OK - Then a monthly ticket from Mineola to Penn Station in 1974 was $50.75
Chris Wendt March 01, 2013 at 11:39 AM
@ Robert Demarco re: Penn Station etc. You do realize that the LIRR/MTA have almost nothing to do with the operation of Penn Station, which is an Amtrak facility. As tenants of Amtrak, LIRR & NJ Transit operate trains in and out of Penn, and sell tickets, but that is about it. There was a service interruption between Jamaica and Penn yesterday morning. LIRR and NYCTA cooperated to cross-honor railroad tickets on the subway at Hunterspoint, and it was a very smooth transfer. LIRR & NYCTA are both part of the MTA system.
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Chris Wendt March 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Tonight, Tuesday, March 26th at 7:30 PM, the Wantagh Preservation Society is presenting a program on The LIRR Jamaica Station headquarters building, which was 100 years old on March 9th. Retired LIRR Branch Manager and railroad historian David Morrison wrote a book on the Jamaica Station in the Arcadia Publications “Images of Rail” series. He will present a digital image program about the history of the Jamaica Station complex from the earliest days, to the massive 1913 improvement project, to the current historical restoration project. Wantagh Public Library Community Room, 3285 Park Avenue, Wantagh Free Admission Free Refreshments

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