MTA mulls cutting LI Bus, expanding peak hours

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering eliminating all funding for Long Island Bus, which could leave thousands of commuters stranded.

The MTA must slash its budget by $200 million next year, and one idea to accomplish that is to cut the Long Island Bus service, which is owned by Nassau County. This past year, the MTA contributed $31 million to keep the buses rolling, while the county gave just $9 million.

In a statement, the MTA said it "can no longer afford to assume the county's responsibility."

Other cost-cutting proposals include extending peak hours on the LIRR, which would come with a 44 percent fare increase, charging peak fares for so-called reverse commuters, and reducing the number of discounts.

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