Long Islanders reject revamped MTA fare hike plan

The MTA released a revised version of lower proposed fare hikes Monday, but LIRR commuters aren't any happier. The transit agency wants to raise LIRR and Metro-North fares as much as 4.25 percent. Tolls

News 12 Staff

Dec 11, 2007, 1:22 AM

Updated 6,065 days ago

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The MTA released a revised version of lower proposed fare hikes Monday, but LIRR commuters aren't any happier.
The transit agency wants to raise LIRR and Metro-North fares as much as 4.25 percent. Tolls on bridges and tunnels would be raised $2, and E-ZPass tolls would increase as much as 3.8 percent. The MTA is also looking to up monthly New York City MetroCards in its new plan.
The new increase is lower than the original 6.5 percent that the MTA sought for its railroads, but many Long Islanders agree it's still too much.
"It's a shame, and that's a lot of money," said a frustrated commuter in Massapequa. "Why do Long Islanders have to carry that burden?"
The increase talk comes despite a $220 million MTA budget surplus. The agency maintains the money is needed to fill $5 billion to $10 billion worth of budget gaps from 2009 to 2013.
The MTA held its first "Webinar," or public Web meeting, Monday on the increases.
The agency will vote on the proposal Dec. 19.
AP wire reports contributed to this story.
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