MTA’s ‘Atlantic Ticket’ test hailed by BP Adams
Adams: Will Give Poorly Served Brooklyn Commuters a Break
The MTA will soon be launching a discounted transit pass called the Atlantic Ticket, which will take riders to Atlantic Terminal from East New York and Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, and seven stations in Queens. The nine stations are located in neighborhoods poorly served by the subway.
The plan, called a “field study” by MTA, will kick off June 6. MTA says the study is “designed to measure what impact the lower fare will have on ridership on the LIRR and New York City subways and buses.”
The test was hailed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Thursday. Adams is pushing to make it permanent.
“This change, which forms part of the Freedom Ticket pilot program that I called for last year, will undoubtedly benefit commuters living in central and eastern Brooklyn as well as southeastern Queens — areas of the city that have long endured poor transit options, with few reliable ways of getting around,” Adams said in a statement.
Adams said the plan would not only reduce costs and travel times for commuters, but also support neighborhood development and growth, “especially as the city is now into the implementation phase of the East New York Community Plan.”
The East New York Community Plan neighborhood plan is intended to foster affordable housing preservation and development and encourage economic development, according to the city’s Department of City Planning.
Adams said the change would also mitigate strain on the subway system, especially with the upcoming closure of the L train’s Canarsie Tube.
“It promises a greater freedom of movement and a more intelligent use of our transit system, prioritizing the needs of commuters in need of a break,” he said.
Under the study, the fare for a one-way LIRR ticket between Brooklyn and the seven Queens stations will be $5, a reduction of 51 percent from the current peak fare of $10.25, and a reduction of 33 percent from the current off-peak fare of $7.50.
“This one-way fare is intended to attract customers traveling occasionally, or interested in trying out LIRR before purchasing the weekly pass,” MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said in a release.
MTA will also offer a $60 joint weekly unlimited-ride ticket valid for LIRR travel between the selected stations and transfers to NYC subways and buses. This is a 42.5 percent discount.
Tickets will only be available for purchase at ticket windows or vending machines.
The Atlantic Ticket field study builds upon a program first proposed by the New York City Transit Riders Council, MTA said in a release.
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