Some experts believe the fares aren’t particularly high anyway. Richard Barone, director of transportation programs for the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, said NJ Transit fares were low when the system wasn’t as popular, but that improvements that made it easier to get from New Jersey into Manhattan increased ridership to the point that fares needed to be raised. “They’re adjusting because it’s popular and there’s a need to maintain the system and figure out how to pay for it,” he said. “They’re right-sizing it. When transit wasn’t as popular you kept fares lower because you wanted people to use it. Now, as subsidies have gotten squeezed and there’s more wear and tear on the system, it requires more outlays.”
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