Metro-North plans to give free rides to commuters for the holidays

Metro-North passengers may get free tickets for family and friends as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority?s (MTA) plan to reduce fares for the holiday season.

The MTA plans to cut subway and bus fares to $1 on the weekends between Thanksgiving and New Year?s Day. Fares will also be discounted to $1 on the final week of the year. Metro-North commuters who buy a weekly pass in December will receive one free off-peak ticket. Those who buy a monthly ticket will be given a 10-day pass.

The $50 million plan will add bonus days to monthly and weekly MetroCard passes during the season as well. The proposal looks to spend part of the $928 million budget surplus that the agency expects to receive by the end of the year.

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