Seniors, disabled show up in force to protest proposed fare hikes 

An overflow crowd of seniors and persons with disabilities flooded the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors meeting on Friday to protest a proposal that would double prices for their monthly Fast Passes.

As a measure to help reconcile a $16.9 million budget deficit by June 30, the MTA has proposed increasing the cost of the Senior and Disabled Fast Pass from $15 to $30, a move that would save the agency $1 million this fiscal year.

The proposal must be reviewed by The City’s Board of Supervisors and approved by the MTA’s Board of Directors, who will vote on the measure on March 2. The MTA hopes to implement the increase by April.

If the fare increase is passed, it will mark a 300 percent increase to the Senior and Disabled Fast Pass since last year. In July 2009, the fare went up from $10 to $15.

“This fare increase marks a war on seniors and people with disabilities,” said Bob Planthold of the Senior Action Network.

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