Published reports this week have stated that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering hikes of up to 25 cents for single rides on city buses and subways.
Such an increase would increase the cost of a single fare from present rate of $2.50 to $2.75.
In a report quoting knowledgeable sources the New York Post said the price of a weekly MetroCard would go from $30 to $31, and the cost of a monthly card from $112 to $116.50.
Any change would have to amount to a projected 4 percent increase.
It would represent a smaller hike than the 7.5 percent hikes that MTA officials were predicting for 2015 and 2017 less than two years ago.
Numerous published reports state that the MTA also is considering an alternative plan that would decrease the bonus rates for certain MetroCard purchases
In a statement issued by the MTA on Tuesday, authority spokesman Kevin Ortiz said nothing has been decided upon.
“The MTA has been clear that it will keep future fare and toll increases to the rate of inflation, but our proposals are not final,” he said.
John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, acknowledge that while some sort of fare hike in 2015 had long been anticipated, it may not be the only one in the foreseeable future if lawmakers in the state capital don’t come through.
“When our elected officials don’t step up to pay for public transit, the burden falls to riders,” Raskin said in an email to the Chronicle. “Raising fares higher and higher is unsustainable for working New Yorkers, and it’s a regressive way to pay for an essential public service.
“The fare hike has been long in the making,” Raskin added. “But what’s really troubling is that if our elected officials in Albany don’t come up with a better way to fund the next MTA capital plan, there are even larger fare increases lurking around the corner.”