The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has formed a new panel to look into solutions that will curb fare evasion across New York’s subways, buses and commuter rails, MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber announced at a Tuesday event hosted by the Association for a Better New York.
Riders evading fares on trains and buses, along with drivers dodging tolls on MTA bridges, are estimated to cost the agency $500 million this year, Lieber said. That is cash the transit agency needs with ridership still well below prepandemic levels—in March fare revenue was $170 million below budget due to the dip in commuters.
That $500 million fare deficit still only
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