This Sunday, the fare for weekly and monthly MetroCards will go up respectively to $32 (from $31) and $121 (from $116.50). There will also be a variety of other cuts impacting the “round trip bonus” which is that thing the MTA pretends is a seductive incentive to put more money on a MetroCard but is really more confusing than it is beneficial and leaves you with an awkward amount of money on your card, as well as the 7-day express bus plus card.
It’s a sad sign of the times, even if the MTA has been so kind as to leave the $2.75 individual price on MetroCards alone. I mean, it’s not like we’re paying for a better quality commute (although the Wi-Fi is nice, and shockingly isn’t rampantly abused by people with no sense of etiquette carrying on long phone conversations while in train, at least not much more than before).
It’s unclear how Sunday’s fare hike will or will not impact and reflect the price of pizza, as per the pizza principle, a longstanding economic law that has been historically accurate in equating the price of a slice of pizza to the cost of a subway ride.
So, to take a large stride away from America’s current economic state, where judging by the theme of things the A C E lines will probably be cut soon in the name of increased military spending (joking but not really), let’s take a moment to fantasize: the MTA wants our opinions, they want to understand how to make their service better. I hope I speak for my fellow New Yorkers when I say the number one priority is to make the train’s actually run on time, no more waiting on the G train for 45 minutes at rush hour on a weekday. Now that the antique labyrinth beneath our feet is efficient, what luxury amenity would we prefer? Thank you for asking MTA. Vote below (you only get one vote, so use it wisely):
Did we forget to include your utopian subway amenity? Let us know in the comments.