Reminder: The subway will cost you more money starting Sunday

The Columbus Circle subway station. (Fei.cn via Flickr)
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Starting at 12:01 am on Sunday morning, you will have to pay more to ride subways and buses.

In December, when now-mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was still chairman, the Metropolitan Transit Authority approved what will be the fourth fare hike in the last five years.

"Our riders pay more on a per-ride basis than any other rider anywhere in the country," said Lhota at the time.

The hikes, he said, were unfortunate, and were made necessary by inadequate government funding. 

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Which is true. But the increases also illustrated, like the hikes that came before, that it will always be easiest for the M.T.A. to make up the difference by getting riders, rather than the state, to pay more.

Here's what you can expect: Thirty-day MetroCards will now cost $112, instead of $104; seven-day MetroCards will cost $30, instead of $29.

Single-ride fares will go up from $2.50 to $2.75, while the base fare (the amount deducted from a multi-fare card every time it's swiped) will from $2.25 to $2.50.

Don't bother stockpiling unlimited MetroCards.

If an unlimited card purchased on or before March 2 isn't activated by March 10, it will lose value.

Also, you'll now have to pay $1 to get a new MetroCard.

Fare hikes on the Metro-North and Long Island railroads will begin at 12:01 am on Friday.

Read more here.