New MetroCard design, New farehikes
The new MetroCard is… I guess it’s supposed to be the sunrise, but it looks more like fiery damnation to me. As in, “Use your MetroCard to escape the apocalypse!” (It’s more like fare/toll-hike-alypse!)
The base price for a ride goes up a quarter from $2.50 to $2.75. Meanwhile, East River bridges below 60th Street into Manhattan (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Ed Koch Queensboro Bridges ) are all still free while the Verrazano Narrows, RFK-Triboro, Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone, Henry Hudson, Cross Bay and Marine Park Bridges, and the Queens-Midtown and Hugh Carey Battery Tunnels all have tolls – some of which will be increased to as high as $16 bucks. New Jersey crossings are increasing, too – The George Washington Bridge, Lincoln & Holland Tunnels are now at $11.75/$14 (with/without EZ Pass).
If you’re trying to figure out:
A: Why so many people are eager to drive into Manhattan
B: Why there are expensive tolls for some and no tolls whatsoever for others
I’m right there with ya.