August 7, 2015 | Number of The Day
Rate at which a weekly fare on NJ Transit has outpaced inflation since 1982

Commuters who count on New Jersey Transit to get to work and back know they’ll be digging even deeper in their pockets when the 9 percent fare increase goes into effect October 1. But they may be shocked by the depth of the hole: The cost of a weekly ticket between Aberdeen-Matawan and New York Penn Station has outpaced inflation by 24.1 percent since 1982, according to the Tristate Transportation Campaign. The price of a weekly ticket in ’82 was $42.00; after the fare hike it will be $127.53.

Riders who shell out for a monthly pass don’t do much better: Fares have climbed from $140 to $420.74 (22.8 percent). Buying a one-way daily ticket is the best bet: The fare since 1982 has gone from $5.00 to $14.99 — outpacing inflation by just 22.5 percent.

The Tristate Transportation Campaign bills itself as a nonprofit advocacy organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly, and equitable transportation system in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.