Commuters, officials miffed by possible LIRR fare hike
WOODBURY - Officials say train riders should get ready to shell out more money to take the Long Island Rail Road.
The MTA says ticket prices could increase as much as 15 percent, depending on the type of ticket and the distance traveled. The hike is due to the agency's need to raise $450 million in revenue.
Commuters between Great Neck and Penn Station will pay $19 more each month, while those coming from Ronkonkoma will pay $29 more. All military personnel will be charged off-peak fares regardless of when they're traveling.
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Riders are not the only dissidents on the measure. State Sen. Charles Fuschillo says the price increase is highly insensitive in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, especially since many families have lost their homes and are trying to rebuild their lives.
The MTA is expected to vote on the proposal on Wednesday, Dec. 19.