For Manhattan express bus, now comes the $7.50 fare.
You’ll remember the big to-do earlier this year when County Executive Robert Astorino proposed scaling back Bee-Line bus service to save money, including the elimination of the Manhattan express bus many commuters use to get to work.
The upshot was that the service was saved, but reduced, and that the fare would be increased. Well, on July 27, the county will hold a hearing on the proposal to increase the fare to $7.50 for a one-way ride. (It’s now $5.50.)
The hearing will be at the Westchester County Center on Tuckahoe Road at Central Avenue, by the Bronx River Parkway.
Here’s the county’s press release on the hearing:
PUBLIC HEARING ON BXM4C EXPRESS BUS FARE INCREASE TO BE HELD JULY 27
The Westchester County Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing July 27 to receive comments about a proposed fare increase for riders of the Bee-Line’s BxM4C express bus to Manhattan.
The July 27 hearing will be held at the Westchester County Center (Central Avenue and Tarrytown Road) in White Plains. There will be two sessions: 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The proposed fare increase will help reduce an anticipated $1.8 million deficit in the department’s 2010 operating budget. This proposed fare increase would affect the BxM4C route only.
The proposed fare schedule would raise the base one-way fare from $5.50 to $7.50, effective Sept. 7. The proposed discounted fare for senior and disabled riders would go up from $2.75 to $3.75. Fares could be paid in coins or with MetroCard Pay-per-Ride cards.
The change would also eliminate “Express Bus Plus” unlimited ride MetroCards; free transfers to and from other Bee-Line routes and the New York City subway; and discounted transfers from other transit routes to the BxM4C.
Earlier this year, County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced a compromise plan that saved the BxM4C from elimination. At that time, the county executive said that service would have to be reduced to reflect ridership demand and characteristics and fares would be increased to eliminate deficits.