New York backs off planned bus, subway fare hikes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

New York is putting the brakes on planned subway and bus fare hikes.

Transit officials today say the base cost for a one-way ride on public transportation will remain at 2 dollars through 2009. The price of monthly passes and other discount programs may still go up.

The state had planned to raise fares on the nation's largest mass transit system 25 cents next year.

The decision to keep rates the same may provide a boost to New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer's popularity has sunk in recent months amid increases in state spending and his now-scrapped plan to make it easier for illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses.

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