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Is Helping Strangers to a Free Subway Ride a Good Way to Protest Rising Transit Fares?

A New York City subway ride now costs a full dollar more than it did 10 years ago. A small group of activists are taking their frustration to the fare gate. 
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The price of a ride on public transportation in New York City went up again over the weekend, from $2.25 to $2.50 – a full dollar higher than it was just 10 years ago. A weekly unlimited MetroCard now costs $30, up a dollar from the most recent rate, while a monthly unlimited pass will set you back $112 – an $8 increase. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) projects to increase revenue by $391 million this year with the move.

A small group of activists in the city is planning to fight back against what they see as an unfair fare hike by using their unlimited cards to swipe in fellow New Yorkers for no charge. (You can reuse an unlimited card once 18 minutes has passed since your most recent swipe.) They’re calling their effort “Swipe Back!” It’s perfectly legal to do this, as the group points out on its website, as long as you don’t collect any money from the person you’re swiping in. From the group’s website: