Commuters cringe as MTA fare hike takes effect

In addition to the rise in gas prices, Hudson Valley commuters will now have to deal with rising prices on local tolls, subways, buses and trains thanks to a new MTA fare hike that takes effect today.

The systemwide 7.5 percent hike is expected to raise $421 million for the MTA in 2011, which is currently battling a projected $900 million budget gap.

Metro-North fares will rise between 7 and 14 percent, depending on the ticket type and the trip distance.

Monthly unlimited MetroCards will go up to $104 from $89 previously, and while base fares will not see an increase, seven-day unlimited rides on subways and buses will go from $27 to $29.

The MTA is planning another 7.5 percent increase in 2013.Metro-North commute gets pricier for WC residents

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