MTA tolls to increase in March

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The price of MetroCards, used by New York City transit riders and Bee-Line bus riders in Westchester County, will rise Sunday, in addition to tolls on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s nine bridges and tunnels, the Journal News reported today.

The cost of a 30-day unlimited MetroCard will rise from $104 to $114, while a monthly Metro-North pass from White Plains to Grand Central Terminal will jump from $229 to $249.

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A monthly ticket on the Pascack Valley Line from Pearl River, Nanuet or Spring Valley to Pennsylvania Station will cost riders $288. They now pay $277.

NJ Transit, which operates Metro-North service west of the Hudson River, will increase fares at 16 stations, including Suffern, to keep pace with Metro-North hikes. Metro-North and NJ Transit each set their own fares, but have had a longtime agreement to keep ticket prices consistent with trip distance.

For example, a NJ Transit commuter in Montvale, N.J., and Metro-North rider from Pearl River, one stop further north, currently pay $234 for a monthly pass to Hoboken, N.J. Starting Friday, the Rockland rider will pay $252 a month, while the Montvale rider will pay $248. If NJ Transit didn’t raise the fare, Rockland riders would have been able to purchase NJ Transit tickets from Montvale to save $18 a month.

Meanwhile, motorists crossing MTA bridges, such as the Throgs Neck and Bronx-Whitestone, will also have dig deeper into their pockets. Drivers at those crossings will pay $5.33 with E-ZPass – up from $4.80 – or $7.50 if they pay with cash or an out-of-state E-ZPass. The cash price is currently $6.50.

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