MTA OKs $93 million in service cuts

? The MTA board voted to implement $93 million worth of service cuts Wednesday.

The board adopted the changes by a vote of 11-2. Chairman Jay Walder says the cuts will help plug the MTA?s $400 million budget deficit and admits they will be painful to commuters.

Off-peak trains will be reduced from half-hourly to hourly on the Port Washington branch and weekend service on the West Hempstead branch will be eliminated entirely. In total, 11 Long Island Bus lines will also be cut.

Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams says the MTA will have to find another $400 million by the end of the year.

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