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LIRR Fares Set to Rise Friday

Local commuters to shell out more to ride the trains; subway fares rising as well.

Long Island Rail Road riders in Hewlett, Lawrence, Cedarhust, Woodmere and Inwood will be paying more to ride the train beginning Friday.

According to the LIRR, most commuter rail tickets will increase between 8.19 percent and 9.31 percent, depending on ticket type and distance traveled. A complete list of new ticket prices are listed on the LIRR’s website.

For local riders using the Hewlett, Lawrence, Cedarhust, Woodmere and Inwood stations, all of which are in the LIRR’s Zone 4, the peak one-way fare will now be $11, with the off-peak one-way fare $8.

Monthly tickets for travel from Hewlett, Lawrence, Cedarhust, Woodmere or Inwood to Penn Station will now be $242. and weekly tickets for travel to and from Penn Station will be $77.50.

Fares on New York City subways and buses will also increase on March 3, with a single subway ride rising to $2.50.

In addition, beginning on March 3, a $1 fee will be charged for each new MetroCard purchased at a commuter rail station, MetroCard vending machine or subway booth. To avoid this fee, riders are advised by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to retain used MetroCards and continue to refill them.

Louis February 28, 2013 at 03:16 PM
What happens when the metro card expires??
Nikki February 28, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I'm assuming that you will have to get a new one and pay the stupid dollar fee...I don't mind that as much as the LIRR fare hikes, which don't seem to ever be for any good reason. I'm tired of Long Islanders having to subsidize the MTA. Why should we have to pay such disproportionate fares when MTA riders get away with pennies? If the LIRR would modernize and eliminate the "need" for ticket collectors (like in places like San Francisco and D.C.) I think fares would be much lower, and riders would be much happier. Not to mention that the condition of the trains is deteriorating and I'm sure that won't change even after the fare hike...

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