New York Railroad Law
Rates of Fare
Subject to the provisions of the transportation law, every railroad corporation may fix and collect the following rates of fare as compensation to be paid for transporting any passenger and his baggage, not exceeding one hundred and fifty pounds in weight, for each mile or fraction of a mile:
1. Where the motive power is rope or cable, propelled by stationary power, five cents, with right to a minimum fare of ten cents; but if the railroad is less than two miles in length, and overcomes an elevation of five hundred feet or more to the mile, five cents for each one hundred feet of elevation so overcome, and the same rates of fare if the motive power is locomotives, furnished with cogs working into cogs on the railroad, and the length of road does not exceed four miles.
2. If a road not incorporated prior to May fifteenth, eighteen hundred and seventy-nine, and not located in the counties of New York and Kings, or within the limits of any incorporated city, and not more than twenty-five miles in length, five cents; if over twenty-five and not more than forty miles, four cents; and if over forty miles, three cents. Where by the laying down of a third rail upon a railroad of the ordinary gauge, a narrow-gauge track is created and used for the transportation of passengers, and the length of road does not exceed six miles, including any connecting road of the same gauge, such railroad, for the purpose of fare, shall be deemed a narrow-gauge road.
3. If its railroad overcomes an elevation of two hundred feet to the mile, for at least two consecutive miles, and does not exceed twenty miles in length, ten cents; if it overcomes an elevation exceeding three hundred feet to the mile, within a distance of two miles, five cents for each one hundred feet of elevation; and where it overcomes an elevation of more than one thousand feet, within a distance of two miles, seven cents for each one hundred feet of elevation in a mile.
4. If the line of its road does not exceed fifteen miles in length, and does not enter or traverse the limits of any incorporated city, and the distance traveled thereon by the passenger does not exceed one mile, five cents.
5. In all other cases, three cents for every such mile or fraction thereof, with a right to a minimum single fare of not less than five cents. This chapter shall not be construed to allow any rate of fare for way passengers greater than two cents per mile to be charged or taken over the track or tracks of the railroad known as the New York Central Railroad Company, and the rate of fare for way passengers over the track or tracks of such company shall continue to be two cents per mile and no more, wherever it is restricted to that rate of fare, nor shall any consolidated railroad corporation charge a higher rate of fare per passenger per mile upon any part or portion of the consolidated line than was allowed by law to be charged by each existing corporation thereon previous to such consolidation.