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MTA pilots fare changes to promote transit ridership

The fare changes will reduce costs for riders and will begin March 1, lasting for at least four months.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will soon begin piloting new changes to fare structures for New York City Transit (NYCT), Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad in an effort to promote public transportation post-pandemic.

The changes will reduce riders' costs, take effect March 1, 2022, and last at least four months, MTA officials said in a press release.

The pilot will include fare capping for NYCT travel at $33 a week, the same price of a seven-day unlimited-ride MetroCard. Travelers who tap and go with OMNY, the MTA’s contactless fare payment system, will be charged the standard $2.75 fare for their first 12 trips starting every Monday, with any further trips free of charge through Sunday of that week. Free transfers between subways and buses will also be considered a single trip toward the 12 needed for free fare.

LIRR and Metro-North will undergo multiple fare structure changes to encourage ridership. Additionally, all LIRR and Metro-North fares will be kept off peak through Feb. 28.

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