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MTA Plans Hearings On Fare And Toll Hikes

November 26, 2018 - 6:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has planned a series of hearings to gather public input as the agency looks to raise fares and tolls in 2019 and 2021.

The first of the hearings will be held Tuesday night at Baruch College in Manhattan.

The agency has planned a number of additional hearings after being heavily criticized for considering a fare increase.

“This is what people are calling an unfair hike,” said Danny Pearlstein of the Riders Alliance.

The organization is calling on the MTA to get its fiscal house in order instead of fares and tolls riding every two years.

Pearlstein said the state should foot the bill to help fix the city’s transportation system.

“This is something where we’re looking for fair funding, we’re looking for a funding plan. Again, we’re not looking to have the MTA’s woes resting solely on the backs of riders,” Pearlstein said.

New York City transit president Andy Byford has said that he understands rider frustration, but noted that service cannot improve without more money.

“If we don't have a fare rise, that only makes things worse, the hole gets even bigger,” Byford said.

There are eight hearings planned over the next 17 days. The MTA board is expected to vote on the possible fare hike on Dec. 12.

Full list of hearings:

Tuesday, Nov. 27:
Baruch College – Mason Hall
17 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29:
Hostos Community College —Main Theater
450 Grand Concourse at 149 St, Bronx, NY
Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29:
Hilton Long Island – Grand Ballroom
598 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville, NY
Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 3:
College of Staten Island Center for the Arts Springer Concert Hall, Building 1P
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY
Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5:
New York Power Authority – Jaguar Room
123 Main St, White Plains, NY
Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10:
Long Island University Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Arnold & Marie Schwartz Hall
One University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11:
York College Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center — Main Stage Theater
95-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica NY
Hearing begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 13:
Palisades Center – Adler Community Room, 4th Floor
1000 Palisades Center Drive West Nyack, NY 10994
Hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit mta.info.