Is the MTA Being Unfare?

       Okay, that’s not my word (unfare); it belongs to the New York Post, which takes it over the top with some of their headlines, but perhaps that’ll be another post.  What it refers to is the latest round of fare increases by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Consider these recent increases:

     – Single bus and subway fares up 10%

     – 30-day MetroCard up 17%

     – Weekly MetroCard up 7%

     – Pay-per-ride MetroCard cash bonus reduced by about half

     – In a couple of weeks, the MTA board will vote on additional measures such as increasing bridge and tunnel cash tolls and increasing bridge and tunnel E-ZPass tolls by 10%

       All of this on top of service cuts on many bus and subway routes earlier this year.  The reason?  Earlier increases such as taxi surcharges  a few months ago.  What’s a commuter to do? 

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my website,  In the near future, I’ll have excerpts of my books that you can read, accessible through my site.  Please check it out!   

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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