Two 4 percent jumps expected
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed two 4 percent fare hikes, one in 2019 and the second in 2021. The agency blames budget deficits and declining ridership.
Metro-North, which includes the Hudson Line that runs through the Highlands, has said that without fare hikes it will have a $1.5 billion shortfall by 2021.
The Hudson Line provides about 1.4 million rides each month, according to the MTA. From January through May, 93 percent of Hudson Line trains arrived within six minutes of schedule at Grand Central or Poughkeepsie, compared to 96 percent in the same period last year.