Commuters react to fare increases
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BEACON, N.Y. -- Commuters across the Hudson Valley are reacting to the first round of MTA fare increases. Many here frustrated with the more expensive commute to Manhattan. Fares on Metro-North went up by an average of eight to nine percent on Friday.
In the morning, more MTA fare hikes will go into effect. MTA bridges, tunnels, subways and buses are looking at increases. It's the fourth increase over the last five years with another on the way in 2015.
Metro North riders at Beacon station in Dutchess County said they're forced to live with it despite the low quality service.
"This is more than a car payment now. This is ridiculous. I mean $443 to go to the city, half the time the trains are late, and the trains are dirty," said commuter Nat Daltilio.
"The service is not that great for the price that we are paying right now," said commuter Frank Robinson.