When does the fare go up? New fares will take effect on March 3, 2013. The links below will take you to the MTA page explaining each change:
I have an extra 7-day/30-day Unlimited-ride MetroCard at the old fare. Can I still use it? Yes. The MTA has provided a grace period. Activate your MetroCard on or before March 11, 2013 and you will get the full days of unlimited rides.
Whats happening with pay-per-ride MetroCards? Pay-per-ride MetroCards will be valid until the expiration date printed on the back. The base fare for pay-per-ride cards is going up to $2.50. The bonus will be reduced to 5% and youll need to load the card with at least $5 to trigger the bonus.
Is it true that the MTA will charge an additional $1 if you need to buy a new MetroCard? Yes, it's true with exceptions. $1 charge applies only to in-system sales. So there is no charge for a new card, for example, at newsstands or if you get your card through your employer. However, the charge does apply to in-system purchases of both pay-per-ride and unlimited-ride MetroCards.
My employer participates in a tax-free transit fare program. Is it true the benefit went up? Yes! As of January 2013, the tax-free benefit is $245. Each employer-sponsored program is a little different, so the best way to understand your benefits is to talk with your program administrator at work.
What is the tax-free transit benefit and how do I get it? Several companies in the New York metropolitan region offer employer-sponsored tax-free transit fare programs. Here are some tips on how to lower your fare.
The Facts: Stop the Fare Hike (PDF)
Straphangers Campaign Statement on the Fare Hike (October 15, 2012) (PDF)
Tips for Preparing Testimony (PDF)
Pick Your Poison: Four Proposals for Increasing New York City Transit Subway and Bus Fares (PDF)
Help Spread the Word! Four Actions to Fight the Fare Hile Leaflet (PDF)
Media and Other Groups
New York Times Editorial (October 12, 2012)
Newsday Editorial: MTA Cant Stop Soaking Comuters (October 17, 2012)
Streetsblog.org: Instead of More Fare Hikes, How About Bridge Tolls That Make Sense? (October 15, 2012)
Tri-State Transportation Campaign statement (Oct. 15, 2012)
Transportation Alternatives statement (Oct. 15, 2012)