New York is raising subway fares this month. Here's a simple trick to get an extra month of savings.
- New York City is raising the price of a subway ride once again on April 29.
- 30-day unlimited MetroCards will rise to $127 from $121, and the bonus for pay-per-ride cards will disappear.
- New cards bought by April 21 will be valid through the end of May.
- If your current unlimited cards expires after April 21 there's a simple trick for buying a new one and getting your remaining balance back.
There's one thing above all else that remains constant in New York, and I don't mean the smells.Subway fares are going up yet again.Advertisement
On April 29th, the Metropolitan Transit Authority will nix a 5% bonus previously offered to customers buying pay-per-ride MetroCards, effectively raising the price of a single ride, depending on how much money you load onto the card.
The price of a monthly unlimited ride MetroCard, on the other hand, will also go up to $127 from $121. It's only about a 5% increase, but $6 isn't worthless - and could even buy a meal in some cases. What's more, most New Yorkers would love to not fork over any extra cash to the MTA than necessary.Luckily, there's some brief respite, at least for a month.
According to the MTA's fact sheet on the fare increases, unlimited MetroCards bought before April 21 and activated by April 29 will be valid through May 28.Already have a MetroCard that expires after those dates? Have no fear. That's where the MTA's MetroCard Balance Protection program comes in. If you purchased a 7-day or 30-day card with a credit or debit card at a subway vending machine, you can be refunded $8.50 or$4.04 for every day remaining on your 7-day or 30-day MetroCard, respectively.You have to call the agency and wait on hold, which could take a while, depending on the volume of calls. But while that may not be as seamless as a web form might be, it's a small price to pay for getting some money back. Advertisement
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