Last public MTA hearing held in Riverhead

Residents on the East End spoke their minds Monday at the last Metropolitan Transportation Authority public hearing on proposed service reductions and fare increases.

Commuters say eliminating Long Island Rail Road service from Ronkonkoma to Greenport will leave North Fork residents essentially stranded.

Brad Harnig, an LIRR conductor from Riverhead, protested the cuts with his family.

"We all pay taxes out here," Harnig says, "and we don't get the services we deserve."

The MTA proposal would also eliminate 13 Long Island Bus routes. It is estimated about 17,000 customers would be affected daily. The MTA is expected to vote on the proposal March 24.

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