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Remember: MTA fare hearing tomorrow

January
13

If you’ve got something to say about the proposed Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare increases — and I imagine quite a few of you do — tomorrow is the first big chance to tell the transit giant’s leaders about it.

The first of eight hearings will begin at 6 p.m. in the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. If you’re going, look for me. I’ll be scribbling notes for much of it, trying to find people from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties to include in our coverage of the evening.

Remember, in December, the MTA passed a 2009 budget that requires the agency to increase the amount of money it gets from fares and tolls by 23 percent. But that translates into rate hikes even higher than that amount to account for people who would stop riding, or who would ride less. Fares on Metro-North Railroad, would increase 29 percent — even higher for some short rides outside New York City.

MTA officials don’t really want to boost fares so drastically. They’re in Albany today, trying to get the state Legislature to pass emergency measures recommended by the Ravitch Commission — a payroll tax on employers in the MTA region, and four new tolls on bridges over the East and Harlem rivers in New York City.

With those measures in place, fares would still rise, but they would be increasing the revenue they bring in by 8 percent rather than 23 percent.

The MTA will bring its traveling hearings to Westchester on January 28 at the Westchester County Center.

Meanwhile, you can find the MTA’s proposals here.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 2:55 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: commute, Metro-North, New Haven line, New York State Legislature
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Going Places is written by transportation writers Khurram Saeed and Ken Valenti. Khurram's transportation column, "Getting There," runs Wednesdays in Rockland. Ken's column, "Going Places," runs Mondays in Westchester and Putnam. Join in the conversation and share tips on coping with fellow commuters.

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Khurram SaeedKhurram SaeedKhurram Saeed has been reporting for The Journal News since 2000. He writes about transportation issues in Rockland and has a weekly column called Getting There, which appears Wednesdays. READ MORE


Ken Valenti Ken Valenti Ken Valenti covers trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention buses and ferries - for Westchester and Putnam. He's been a reporter with The Journal News and its forerunners more than 20 years and has covered all four corners of Westchester County. READ MORE


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