Citing a $1.2 billion budget deficit, the MTA has proposed a fare increase up to 23%, coupled with major cutbacks, including decreased service on a number of subway lines; complete elimination of some bus lines and major reductions in others; and permanent closure, reduction of hours, and or reduction in staffing at 42 subway stations citywide.  (The changes are outlined in detail here).

While two hearings have been held already (in Queens and Manhattan), three opportunities remain to participate in hearings in New York City:

Mon Jan 26
College of Staten Island, CSI Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall

2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island

Wed Jan 28, 2009
NY Marriott at the Bklyn Bridge

333 Adams St, Brooklyn

Wed Feb 4, 2009
Lehman College, CUNY, Lovinger Theatre

250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx

All hearings begin at 6pm, registration to speak will be open until 9pm, and testimony is limited to three minutes.  Comments can also be submitted in writing to:

Douglas Sussman
Dir, MTA Community Affairs
347 Madison Av
NY, NY 10017

and/or online.

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