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NJ Transit fare increase will hurt more than riders

ragnarok's picture

http://blog.nj.com/njv_guest_blog/2010/03/nj_transit_fare_increase_will....

The proposed 25 percent fare hike will be devastating to commuters and working families throughout the state. As an example, a single adult rider with a monthly train pass traveling to and from Woodbridge to New York Penn Station will have to pay an additional $684 a year, $57 a month. For many New Jerseyans, that’s more than half a week’s pay that can no longer help pay the rent, groceries, utilities or be saved.

And if you think that a "turnstile tax" only affects mass transit riders, you’re wrong. That 25 percent hike means the rider from Woodbridge has less money to put back into the local economy, whether it’s buying clothes, going for a drink or dinner after work, buying a movie ticket, picking up a CD, or other discretionary spending. That’s money that will never make it into the coffers of New Jersey businesses. And when that missing money is multiplied by tens of millions of monthly riders, it adds up quickly and could result in New Jersey businesses cutting back on inventory, withholding raises, instituting hiring freezes, firing employees or even closing altogether.

It also means that NJ Transit riders will be paying more to receive reduced service on every train and bus line in the state. That means longer commutes, more crowding on remaining trains and buses and fewer options if a train or bus breaks down, is delayed or missed.

Anonymous's picture

I agree

I really hate that we have to pay more money for bus fare. I'm really poor so I need all the money we can get.

ragnarok's picture

Also from this article: A lot

Also from this article:
A lot of commuters who take NJ Transit for the convenience may finally decide it’s cheaper or quicker for them to get to where they’re going by car. That’s going to put more vehicles on our roads, which will lead to more traffic, more congestion, more wear and tear on the roads and more harmful emissions being pumped into the air on a daily basis.

What’s worse, if a large enough portion of NJ Transit’s ridership leaves the rails for their cars, NJ Transit will be forced to increase fares and cut back on service again in the near future, which will only cause the cycle to continue until taking the train or bus is unaffordable and getting anywhere in a car is untenable due to gridlock.

I have already decided that I can't afford this fare increase, and will be driving to work. I'm sure I'm not alone.

Kristoffer's picture

I'm with you on that one!

Ha! I'm just going to drive to work too. At least it would be MY own fault if I'm late for work!

I'm sick and tired of having to pay more for unreliable and undependable service.

NJ Transit and its employees ought to be ashamed of themselves.

This is the most poorly run business ever, and its service record is that of a post-communist country.

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