NEW YORK, NY (WTNH) – A new survey shows people in the metropolitan New York City area believe transit fares are intentionally high so that the transit systems profit. Despite the opinions of New York City tri-state residents surveyed by HNTB, data indicates that fares provide less then half of the funds needed to operate the transit systems according to HNTB.
The survey shows 63 percent of transit riders surveyed think the fares are intentionally high and 71 percent believe the transit systems are profiting from those high fares. Of all people surveyed, 70 percent believe transit systems are profiting versus 12 percent who believe the systems lose money.
Transit riders who live in New York state are more likely to believe the fares on unreasonably high than those who live in Connecticut or New Jersey. The survey shows 67 percent of riders from New York believe that compared to 53 percent from Connecticut and New Jersey.