MTA’s proposed 4% fare hike the focal point of public hearing

<p>Transit officials say they need the money to compensate for money lost in fares and tax revenues. They also say it costs more to run the trains.</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 29, 2018, 4:42 PM

Updated 2,002 days ago

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MTA’s proposed 4% fare hike the focal point of public hearing
The MTA held a public hearing Thursday night in Suffolk regarding its proposed 4 percent fare hike.
Transit officials say they need the money to compensate for money lost in fares and tax revenues. They also say it costs more to run the trains.
Under the proposed fare increase, riders could see monthly tickets go up as much as $15 and weekly tickets increase up to $5.75. Riders who pay more than $500 for monthly passes will not see increased fare.
One-way tickets could also go up as much as 50 cents.
The meeting is the only one scheduled on Long Island before the MTA votes on the plan.
Some attendees angrily confronted MTA officials, saying service has dipped while prices rise. Other wanted them to consider their financial situation.
"I pay $350 a month for unlimited pass on the LIRR. Then when I get into Manhattan I still have to pay money for an MTA card. Most people here do," says Jillian Beroza of Dix Hills. "I just want you guys to be considerate and think about that please?"
The LIRR Commuter Council criticized the MTA, saying, "We're very disappointed that only one fare hearing is being held and that it isn't even being held at a transit-accessible location."
The MTA says those who could not attend can provide video testimony, email or call the MTA.


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