MTA approves doomsday budget for 2010
The MTA approved Wednesday it's 2010 doomsday budget that includes cuts in services across the Island.
The board?s unanimous vote cuts $343 million from the budget by reducing train, subway and bus service. The plan includes cuts to weekend service on the LIRR?s Port Washington line and fewer peak trains on the Babylon, Long Beach and Ronkonkoma branches. West Hempstead weekend service will be eliminated all together.
Nine Long Island Bus routes including N51, N53, N65, N66, N67, N80, N87 and N93, are being reviewed for cuts. Peak service on the N1 is also being reduced.
The agency says the cuts are necessary due to a $383 million budget shortfall. The MTA will conduct public hearings early next year and cuts could go into effect beginning July 1.