NYLPI and its AARRG! Partners Condemn MTA for Reinstituting Paratransit Fares as COVID Cases EscalateJanuary 21, 2021
The City: MTA Resumes Access-A-Ride Cash Fare Collections Even as COVID Infections Grow
By Jose Martinez
January 20, 2021
Collection of the $2.75 fare, via exact change, resumed as a coalition of advocates pressed the MTA to wait until the COVID-19 crisis ends before reinstating fares on the small buses and other vehicles that carry riders with limited mobility.
In a letter to interim New York City Transit President Sarah Feinberg, the Access-A-Ride Reform Group credited the MTA for ending shared rides on paratransit vehicles soon after the pandemic started. But the group questioned the return of fare collection as positive COVID cases have increased in the city.
“We have not been able to fathom the reasoning behind this unwarranted and untimely decision, given that it jeopardizes the health of both riders and drivers,” wrote Ruth Lowenkron of the Access-A-Ride Reform Group.
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