MTA may eliminate 'unlimited ride' MetroCards to reduce budget gap

(11/30/03) HUNTS POINT - Less than a year after the city raised bus and subway fares to $2, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) officials are proposing to eliminate "unlimited ride" passes.

MTA officials say they hope to reduce a potential $840 million budget deficit by eliminating the "unlimited ride" MetroCards. The cards, used by as many as 80 percent of city riders, allow Bronx residents to pay a flat fee for a week or month-long pass. Many subway riders say they understand the city's transit system needs funding, but believe this idea goes too far.

MTA officials say changes to the discount policy would only be necessary if they cannot cut costs elsewhere or get government aid.

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