NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Transit commuters can expect a fare hike of nearly 10 percent beginning in June, with different increases for different rail and bus lines.
NJ Transit Executive Director George D. Warrington offered a more detailed breakdown of the proposed fare increase, the first since July 2005, at a meeting of the agency's board of directors today.
Pending approval from the board in April, the increase would begin June 1 and close a budget deficit of about $60 million in the agency's proposed $1.5 billion budget.
The fare hike, the third since 1990, would mean about 9.6 percent on a systemwide average to accommodate expanded services, meet increased rider demand and keep up with inflation, Warrington said.
Among the changes:
A 9.9 percent increase for rail and interstate bus customers who ride from New Jersey to New York or Philadelphia and longer-distance buses between suburbs and urban areas.
A one-way ticket from Trenton to New York City would increase from $11.50 to $12.50, and the monthly pass would increase from $320 to $352.
Local bus routes would increase 9.9 percent; base one-zone rides would increase from $1.25 to $1.35 and base one-zone passes would increase from $45 to $49 in North Jersey and from $41 to $45 in South Jersey.
Warrington said the increase would also pay for new and expanded service, such as new multilevel rail cars with more seating and additional parking spaces.