WOODBURY - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced another round of fare hikes, and commuters who take the Long Island Rail Road could be hard-hit.

The MTA proposal would raise LIRR fares by about 8 to 9 percent, depending on distance traveled. Subway and NYC bus fares as well as bridge and tunnel tolls would rise as well.

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota says that the fare hikes are based on the courts reinstating the MTA payroll tax that was recently ruled unconstitutional. He says the fares may have to be raised further if the tax is ruled unconstitutional on appeal.

Public hearings on the proposal will be held next month, and the MTA board will vote on a final budget in December. If approved, the hikes would go into effect in March 2013.

For the complete MTA press conference on proposed fare hikes, go to Channel 612 and select News 12 Extra.