There is at least one way to keep any fare increase in 2021 to the previously scheduled 4 percent level or less,
In 2019, the MTA estimated it lost over $300 million to fare evasion. The MTA Office of Inspector General issued a report last September that “NYC Transit’s past practices for tracking how many bus and subway riders failed to pay their fare were unreliable and contained sampling shortcomings.”
In our COVID-19 world, ridership is significantly down. Does this translate into a significant decrease in fare evasion as fare collection resumed? It will be interesting to see the MTA’s statistics for fare evasion during 2020.
When the MTA is successful in replacing the old MetroCard in 2021, will the MTA become more efficient in reducing fare evasion over coming years?
According to the MTA’s own McKinsey consultants report, if all goes well, perhaps 80 percent of the pre-COVID-19 ridership will return some time in 2024.
Whatever happens over coming months and years, every dollar counts. The MTA needs to do a far better job in dealing with fare evasion.
It is unfair to honest commuters who pay their fair share every day if they have to continue to see so many who routinely go unpunished for not paying their fare.