A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).
A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).

Fares are slated to spike this weekend for Long Island Rail Road commuters, subway straphangers and many bus riders along with drivers who’ll pay higher tolls on most major crossings.

The MTA approved the toll and fare increases back in December to fill budget gaps in the nation’s largest transit system with the $450 million added revenue projected to be generated.

LIRR fares will jump between 8 and 9 percent Friday, depending on the distance traveled and ticket type. Riders that bought weekly passes this week can still use their tickets Friday.

New York City bus and subway base fares will rise Saturday from $2.25 to $2.50, meaning monthly MetroCards will cost 8 percent more at $112.

Nassau County’s NICE bus system will keep its cash fares at $2.25, but riders who use MetroCards will pay $2.50 starting Sunday.

The Suffolk County Transit bus lines remain $2 on most routes for now, but public hearings are scheduled for next week to consider a proposal to double fares to $4.

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Tolls are going up Sunday at seven bridges and two tunnels run by the MTA. Drivers who pay with cash will see tolls spike $7.50 from $6.50 versus $5.33 from $4.80 for E-ZPass users.

The affected bridges include the Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, RFK, Verrazano-Narrows, Henry Hudson and Cross Bay and Marine Parkway bridges. Tunnels with toll hikes are the Hugh L. Carey and Queens-Midtown tunnels.

For a breakdown of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest toll and fare increases, click their website.



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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.