Gallery: MTA to test reduced flat-fee “Freedom Ticket” for outer boroug...

After months of campaigning by civic leaders and riders, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has greenlit a pilot program for the so-called “Freedom Ticket,” a proposed flat-fee payment option for bus, subway and commuter rail travel within New York City. The program, which is expected to begin some time this spring, could provide some financial respite for straphangers who hail from outer-borough “transit deserts,” many of whom endure protracted workday commutes characterized by numerous transfers. The Freedom Ticket would allow riders to switch between Metro-North or the Long Island Railroad to the MTA bus and subway system for less than the cost of a LIRR ticket and MetroCard together, a tack that would not only save some coin but also cut down on travel times.

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