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MTA subway, bus, and commuter rail fares and tunnel and bridge tolls are going up in March.

NYC TRANSIT, STATEN ISLAND RAILWAY, ACCESS-A-RIDE

Fare hikes for New York City subway and buses, the Staten Island Railway, and Access-A-Ride take effect Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 12:01 a.m.

The base fare for subways, local buses, SIR and Access-A-Ride is rising to $2.50 from $2.25; the base fare for express buses is rising to $6.00 from $5.50. Bonuses are being reduced, but you earn them at a lower price point.

A single-ride ticket (which hardly anyone buys anyway) purchased at a MetroCard machine will cost $2.75.

The 30-day unlimited-ride MetroCard will cost $112, up from $104. The 7-day unlimited-ride MetroCard will cost $30, up from $29. The 7-day express bus plus MetroCard will cost $55, up from $50.

The other big change involves the new MetroCard fee. You will have to pay a $1 fee for each new MetroCard purchased at a vending machine or station booth. You can avoid the fee by refilling your card instead of tossing it. If your card is expired or worn out, you can exchange it for free at a booth.

Click here for details.

LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD AND METRO-NORTH RAILROAD

Fare hikes on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Railroad will go into effect Friday, March 1, for monthly, one-way, round-trip, and 10-trip ticket holders.

For those using weekly tickets, which are always valid from Saturday through the following Friday, new fares take effect on Saturday, March 2.

The MTA says that most commuter rail tickets will increase between 8.2% and 9.3%, depending on ticket type and distance traveled. The discounted CityTicket fare for one-way weekend travel within New York City will rise to $4 from $3.75, starting March 2.

Click here for LIRR details.

Click here for Metro-North details.

MTA BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

New toll rates on the MTA's seven bridges and two tunnels will go into effect Sunday, March 3, at 2 a.m. At most crossings, tolls are rising to $5.33 from $4.80 for E-ZPass customers and to $7.50 from $6.50 for cash customers. 

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