Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Fare Play


The MTA in New York City is proposing to discount fares on everything from bus to subway to commuter trains for the month between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day to help encourage people to use public transportation for the busiest time of the year.

As a subway rider who uses an unlimited monthly card, they will add an extra week onto my card for free (as long as it is purchased in December).

This is pretty sweet and seems to be unprecedented. I also appreciate how it is being done because there is a surplus of almost a billion dollars. Of course, if it were up to me, I would spend the money to have more trains running on the weekends. But I admit this plan is probably better for the majority of people who use these services.

We'll see if it passes.


Blogger B said...

I think they'll only add on four extra days, not a whole week. It seems nice, but is this more of a win for the tourists who visit? Maybe I'm just cranky with the MTA since I'd rather they actually improve service. Guess we all benefit with tourism though..minus the annoying traffic, slow walkers, and horrid display of poor fashion sense.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Darlucky said...

I agree that this really seems to be aimed much more at tourists that at us city folk. who of course, pay the brunt of the MTA's income with our $76 monthly passes, and with our city taxes, etc.

oh well, a nice publicity stunt for them to point back to the next time they cry poor and raise fares again.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger mouth of the south said...

i totally agree with B....this is great for tourists, who come to visit during the holiday season. but think about the month between thanksgiving and new year's day -- how many people who live in new york actually stay during the week of thanksgiving and the week between christmas and new year's? not that many that i know. i could be wrong, but to me, these savings are a publicity stunt. why not take the money that they are putting towards this discount to some badly needed repairs? i mean, did i miss something? does new york have the best mass transit system in the world? not even close. these discounts are frivolous. i would rather they apply the money where we will benefit in the long run, as opposed to a month of discount. the new york times apparently thinks so too...check it out:

sorry for the rant. i'm just sick of the mta making stupid decisions!!

Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:45:00 PM  

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