“If they raise the subway fare one more time, I’m going to explode. I’m making nine dollars an hour. I walk home three hours from work every day to save that $2.50, because that’s a half gallon of milk for me and my daughter. And every time they raise the fare, they have a ‘hearing.’ But they aren’t hearing anything. It’s a fucking joke. If you go to one of those ‘hearings,’ every single person stands up and says: ‘Don’t raise the fare.’ Then they raise it anyway. Oh man, it burns me up. ‘We need the money,’ they say, ‘America is hurting.’ That’s bullshit! If I see one more TV program bragging about multimillion dollar homes I’m gonna scream. How about a fucking TV program that shows me if there is anywhere in this city that I can fucking afford to live anymore. I’m sorry, but it’s burning me up.”
I really love some of the posts at Humans of New York , and this one spoke to a truth so many fellow New Yorkers face. For the majority of us, we are getting priced out of our neighborhoods due to rising cost-of-living expenses. Also, the majority of the population is absolutely reliant on subway system, so fare hikes really hurt the working class and poor.
I must research other methods public good services are funded so that the increases aren’t always passed off to the commuter. At this rate, it’ll cost commuters an average of $8 to simply leave their home. That’s a little much.