Cash-strapped transit officials have come up with more possibilities in the event there is no bailout of the MTA, including requiring bus patrons to pay more for using coins and a 26 percent fare hike on the Long Island Rail Road.
Under the latest plan, bus patrons would pay a quarter extra on buses if they used coins rather than a MetroCard.
The basic fare on subways and buses would increase from $2 to $3, although the fare for the straphanger using a MetroCard would rise to $2.25.
“This provides encouragement for customers to buy a MetroCard,” said MTA chief spokesman Jeremy Soffin. “The MetroCard saves time and money.”
The MTA has long contended that passengers using coins slow down the boarding process on buses.
MTA expects to charge bus riders 25 cents extra if they use coins